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Concrete Cactus

Submitted by Douglas Wood June 20th, 2010
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Came across this giant black concrete cactus that someone felt compelled to build and place on their front lawn in Venice. Maybe it was to distract from the current aesthetic of the house and lawn? (If you’re wondering, someone has placed a string with some kind of folded paper cut-outs around the top branch.)

3 Responses to “Concrete Cactus”

  1. Allee Willis

    That’s hysterical. Surpassed only by the hatchet skinning job on that poor (real) palm tree. Are there any other concrete plants around the house? I also like the little Y-shaped branch holding up the smaller fern palm.

    It looks like the concrete cactus is sitting on a little disk. Is that an electrical cord coming out of it or is it sitting on a little concrete strip (which make no sense either as what is it framing)?

    The visible dumpster is another excellent landscaping touch.

  2. Douglas Wood

    If you look closely you can see there’s a base with concrete strips
    that go out from all four sides– I think it’s to keep the huge thing
    stable. No, that’s the only concrete plant, and yes, I thought the
    dumpster was a nice touch too. There’s something very depressing about this little lawn, isn’t there? And with so many natural cactuses (that get pretty damn big) in L.A., you wonder why anyone would build an ugly black one made out of concrete.