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Weed Intervention(s)

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Michael Pederson

Let me tell you a story about my dad. He recently told me that he pulled out his back. When I asked him how, he informed me that he tripped while spreading weed killer he’d purchased on the internet. I pointed out that he lives in an apartment with a plastic plant, and he informed me that he’d been spreading the stuff around the WILDLIFE REFUGE next to the retirement community. I took a deep breath and said 1. that’s likely illegal, 2. the weeds aren’t hurting anyone, and 3. stop buying stupid things on the internet. Unimpressed with my suggestions, Dad told me he was going to continue doing it because he cannot abide dandelions. So since my dad’s new hobby was on my mind, when I saw the photo above, I laughed hard.

These clever signs and miniature scenes are the work of the impish Michael Pederson (known as Miguel Marquez Outside). He refers to them as ‘outdoor interventions,’ and they’re meant to surprise and delight people passing by the otherwise uninspiring sites. They can be found around Pederson’s native city of Sydney, and they make me want to fly half way around the world to go hunting for them.

You can check out all the clever street art by Michael Pederson on Instagram and Tumblr.

P.S. Because it’s nearly October, Dad has stopped with the weed killer. I must remember to search his apartment for the stuff before next spring, though…

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Caution #streetart #miguelmarquezoutside

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Dwelling #miguelmarquezoutside

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Urban weed awards (continued) #streetart #miguelmarquezoutside

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Nowhere #streetart #miguelmarquezoutside

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Information #streetart #urban #mystery #miguelmarquezoutside

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Please wait here #miguelmarquezoutside

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Still turning #streetart #miguelmarquezoutside

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VIP #streetart #performance #miguelmarquezoutside

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Alive #streetart #miguelmarquezoutside

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Private Shouting Room #streetart #miguelmarquezoutside

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Beware #streetart #miguelmarquezoutside

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Author: Donna from MyOBT

I have committed to spending part of every day looking for at least one beautiful thing, and sharing what I find with you lovelies!

15 thoughts on “Weed Intervention(s)

  1. Love all of them -= great humor and there are times I need a to just yell — Hal

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  2. Yes I could push the yell button. These are very creative…love them.

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  3. Loved these … especially the Beware of John sign, even though I have no idea why!

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  4. Wonderful stuff! What a great sense of humour and a creative way to share this witty view of the world with others. I would be so delighted to stumble upon one of these wee installations.

    As for your Dad, I do hope he permanently steps away from his chemicals. His actions are, however, balanced out by others. I knew a few people who used to “seed bomb” locations around London to introduce some plant life to areas of urban decay or vast expanses of manmade greyness.

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  5. That’s brilliant. Thanks for sharing, it made my day even better than it was 😉

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  6. My dad, now departed to weedless realms, or perhaps just in a position to be more enlightened about weeds, used to love to pull up dandelions and if he could have gotten his hands on herbicide would have been a menace. In that regard, maybe your dad would enjoy one of those weeding tools that look like a long screwdriver with an enlarged pronged end that one can thrust into the soil close to a dandelion to uproot it? More exercise, no chemicals, and the dandelions will always stay just a bit ahead of him production-wise?

    ceci

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