Monday, May 15, 2017

Commuters See Beautiful Heart Over Hollywood Freeway

Random acts of beauty are not so common, especially along the crowded corridors of Los Angeles' packed freeways.  But someone noticed a cascade of blood red bougainvillea hanging over a retaining wall of the 101 Hollywood freeway, and a few snips to shape the upper branches turned a triangular shape into the heart of Hollywood that has greeted commuters for the last three years.

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LAist

Link to Article:
The 'Hollywood Heart' of the 101 Freeway Is Super Red

Excerpt: "As Hacmon mentioned, this floral aberration has been there for some years. According to The Los Angeles Daily News, the plant—dubbed the 'Hollywood Heart' by some—is actually comprised of two magenta bougainvillea bushes (they're not really flowers, by the way), whose vines have taken the shape of a emoji heart.

What's truly curious is that, while those bushes have been there for some time, it wasn't until 2014 that it started to resemble the symbol of love (and lust?). As you can see in the following pictures, the bushes were of a fairly amorphous shape in 2011. By 2014, however, it had taken on the unmistakable body of a heart.

Frank McDonough, a botanist with the L.A. County Arboretum and Botanic Garden, told the Daily News that the patch 'definitely looks trimmed.' Then, in a later Daily News article in 2016, artist Corinne Carrey stepped out to claim the heart as hers."

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