34th St. Must-See TV

Written by Steve Wilson (Reposted from the Winter Flea)

Twenty years ago, a friend in the neighborhood dropped off a 1,000-pound cement statue of a TV in Jeff’s yard. “It was kind of a surprise,” says Jeff (who wants his last name kept a secret).

A little history: An artist named Tamsy made the TV by poring cement in an old console during her graduate student days at uT–Austin. She gave it to Jeff’s friend, but the friend needed temporary digs to house it, which is where Jeff came in. Only meant to be the sitter, Jeff became the TV’s permanent guardian when the friend passed away. “I’ve kept it out there as a tribute to him,” says Jeff. In the meantime, he’s tried to find Tamsy, but no such luck.

Proper care and maintenance of a lawn TV means cleaning it up when vandals tag it and granting photo requests, like the one from the band that used it on an album cover. Indeed, the TV may be Cherrywood’s most famous statue, though pointed comments from the occasional neighbor and his own wife have made Jeff wonder if this is the kind of fame Cherrywood wants. “I’d like to hear from Flea readers,” he says. “Do they want the TV to stay or go?”

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