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Thursday
Oct152015

Repurposed Parking Meter Potted Plant

Hey folks!  Sorry for the absence lately.  Been busy working on projects and getting Shreveport Salvage off the ground with my business partners.

But here's one of my latest projects.  It took a good two months to figure out what the heck I was going to do with my surplus of decommissioned parking meters.  When the idea finally struck, it took off like wildfire.  My next roadblock was figuring what to use for the "stalk" of the plant.  After a visit to Lowe's rummaging through the electrical and plumbing section, I found the perfect piece of flexible copper tubing.  

After a good bit of modifying on the parking meter sides and lots of cutting and soldering, everything came together nicely. 

The bulb in the center was a vintage silverplate flower vase.  I used an old copper pan for the flower bottom and used silverplate forks as the added support structures on the outside of the flower.

The leaves were cut out of vintage silverplate serving platters that already had the perfect vein design for a leaf.  

There's a lot of support structure inside to hold up this 35" tall beast.  And the support structure, I added some course sand and rocks to weight down the whole piece so it wouldn't have the option of tilting or leaning over.

This plant is now in the front entrance of the Shreveport Downtown Development Authority in Downtown Shreveport.  Go see it if you're in the neighborhood!

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