Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Kudzilla, A 40 ft Ambition for a Roadside Attraction

Can an invasive species be repurposed as an invasive species?

It's an ambitious goal, and we love it because it honors the king of Kaijus. Imagine building a 40 foot scaffold for an invasive plant species can take over. I'm thinking it would be the greatest time-lapse video ever!!

Well if it is gonna happen it will have to be funded first. Chris Lindland and team Kudzilla are quarter of the way there. Read an excerpt from a local artoicle below and watch the Kick Starter promotional video.

For many homeowners and gardeners in the Southeastern United States, a difficult-to-eradicate kudzu infestation is terrifying enough without the involvement of a toweringkaiju.

But thanks to a new Kickstarter campaign from Chris Lindland of San Francisco-based online clothier Betabrand, such a creature — a 40-foot-tall beast that not even gallons of glyphosate solution or a herd of ravenous goats can destroy — could potentially rise from a vacant, kudzu-infested lot somewhere in the greater Atlanta area. And depending on how well said Kickstarter campaign goes, this edible invasive speciesabomination known as Kudzilla may also be capable of shooting flames from its mouth and waving its elephantine limbs at any pulaski-wielding citizen who dares to cross its path.

Now you may be thinking: Why would I want to financially support the creation of an oversized sculptural monster that incorporates a rapidly growing plant associated economic and environmental devastation? Isn't the "vine that ate the South" status good enough?

The line of thought here is that kudzu, a climbing vine first introduced to the Southeast in the late 1800s as an ornamental plant and form of erosion control that now holds the dubious distinction of being a federally recognized noxious weed, isn’t going anywhere any time soon, so might as well have some fun with it in a cheeky, roadside attraction kind of way. Because really, when it comes to drawing attention to one of the botanical world’s most destructive troublemakers, nothing quite does the trick like a flame-breathing topiary creature. So why not, in the words of Lindland, "turn kudzu into a bigger monster?"
SRC: http://www.mnn.com/your-home/organic-farming-gardening/blogs/beware-kudzilla-the-kickstarter-funded-invasive-plant

Kicstarter Page : http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/2048863414/kudzilla-a-monumental-monster-made-of-kudzu

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