Phonehenge West

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Phonehenge West was a large folk art structure envisioned and constructed by Alan Kimble "Kim" Fahey, including a 70-foot tower made from reclaimed material and props from old movie sets. The structure rested on his 1.7-acre property in Acton, California,[1] and the majority of the construction was done by Fahey himself over the course of 30 years.[2] Fahey is a retired phone company technician; much of the material consisted of unclaimed telephone poles.[3] The compound included 13 structures and was a representation of folk art.[3]

The structure[4] was destroyed by the county of Los Angeles in August 2011 for building code violations. Los Angeles County Superior Court judge Daviann L. Mitchell ordered Fahey to pay the $83,488 in demolition costs in addition to performing 63 days of community service, of which a minimum of five days had to be served at the L.A. County or Kern County morgue.[3] During the demolition, which took three weeks, four truckloads of material were removed from the property. Fahey requested that the material be saved for reuse but all 53 tons of telephone poles and 280 tons of steel were too badly damaged by the end of the demolition operation.[3] In December 2012, Fahey was sentenced to 539 days in jail for failure to pay.[5]

The name Phonehenge West is a parody of Stonehenge, a prehistoric monument located in the English county of Wiltshire.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Probation for builder of Calif.'s Phonehenge West". San Francisco Chronicle. Associated Press. Retrieved 18 May 2012. 
  2. ^ Simmons, Ann (6 August 2011). "Demolition begins at Phonehenge West". LA Times. Retrieved 24 May 2012. 
  3. ^ a b c d Simmons, Ann (19 May 2012). "'Phonehenge' builder must perform community service, repay county". LA Times. Retrieved 19 May 2012. 
  4. ^ HomeDSGN. "Should Phonehenge West be Saved?". HomeDSGN. Retrieved 28 May 2012. 
  5. ^ "Builder of Calif. 'Phonehenge' sentenced to jail". Salon. December 22, 2012. 

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