Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Salvage


This "iron" saguaro is located on the wildflower trail at the Desert Botanical Garden.  It was created by Jeff Hebets in honor of his cousin Phil.  It's made from the pick heads that are used to salvage native plants.

In 1980, Phil Hebets organized a tree boxing methodology that enabled over one million native plants to be salvaged rather than bulldozed.  The process allowed municipalities to pass ordinances requiring that native plants be saved and replanted.  These actions together with revisions to the Native Plants Laws, championed by Phil, changed the face of landscapes in the desert southwest.

What a fitting honor Jeff created for his cousin Phil.

9 comments:

LOLfromPasa said...

Such an amazing piece of art.

PerthDailyPhoto said...

It really is a wonderful tribute Sharon, I'm guessing it will rust and age beautifully.

Lowell said...

Kudos to those fine persons involved in preserving rather than destroying Mother Nature. Love your photo of this striking sculpture.

Judy said...

That is a really nice tribute for some important work that he did.

RedPat said...

Phil is the kind of person we need more of! Bravo!

William Kendall said...

The world needs more of Phil.

Lois said...

It is lovely and a great tribute.

Thérèse said...

So great!

Karl Demetz said...

A beautiful and fitting sculpture for the desert.