Toad in the Hole

April 25, 2007

You Might Well Arsk

Sara asked the musical question:

Looking at your photostream, I was also entranced by the octopus. What the...?

This octopus, of course.


The eyes really did glow too.

That's part of one of the exhibit gardens at last month's San Francisco Flower and Garden Show, a big-deal annual event at the Cow Palace. Someone reviewing it remarked on the visual pun going on regarding the shape of all those succulents (and some equally weird other plants) and the shapes of undersea critters like starfish. The whole thing had, oh, "coral" candlabras, giant-bivalve chairs, that sort of thing. It was not titled "An Octopus' Garden" but no one who wrote about it seemed able to resist the allusion.

The designers were San Francisco's Organic Mechanics, who always have a nifty exhibit at this show -- really fun to look at and generally thoughtful too.

Anyway I saw it and (of course) thought of PZ Myers. I don't think I ever got around to sending this to him, though.

Posted at April 25, 2007 04:05 AM


I would love to put something like that in my yard, in the parking strip on the other side of the stockade fence. This -- not my neighborhood, but very nearby -- is the land of gnomes and assorted scrollsawed plywood creatures painted lurid colors, of chipped plaster burros with carts full of plastic flowers, and of course Mary on the Half Shell. Most of our neighbors seem to already think I'm mad, what with the bubble blowing on the front steps and the talking to the squirrels and birds. I think another surprise might be good for them.

We get a lot of foot traffic on my street, so I would especially love something like this that was solar-powered to move upon motion detection. Heh.

What was the octopus made of, do you know?

Posted by: Sara at April 25, 2007 03:25 PM

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