Kickstarting Kudzilla: a kudzu-covered monster roadside attraction

Chris Lindland (who founded the awesome Betabrand writes, "I went to college at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with my partner in kudzu crime, Anthony Jaffe, who now lives in Atlanta. For years, we've talked about building a giant monument to Godzilla out of the famed Vine That Ate The South. While everyone knows what Godzilla is, for the most part only Southerners are truly familiar with kudzu. It's an invasive vine that grows up to a foot a day and fully envelopes trees, telephone poles, and buildings -- making them look like giant, leafy monsters.

"So we naturally thought, "Why not crowdfund an enormous, Godzilla-like structure and allow it to be covered in Kudzu." The result: Kudzilla.


We've amassed a team of architects, builders, gardeners, and topiary artists to make this come to life next spring. Where it will grow remains to be determined; we actually think that finding Kudzilla's home will be one of the most entertaining parts of the project.

The Wikipedia entry on Kudzu has all kinds of factoids about its growth, if you'd like to learn more.

KUDZILLA -- A Monumental Monster Made of Kudzu

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  1. I'll kick in some money so he can hire a pronunciation coach. It's not cud-zoo (rhymes with bud or dud), it's "koo-dzoo", (rhymes with lulu or scoobedoo).

  2. where in the South do you live?

  3. The Republic of Texas, thanks.

  4. mrbun says:

    Will it be covered in ranch dressing?

  5. As an avid BoingBoing reader, a native plants enthusiast who would love to literally 'demonize' kudzu (pronounced 'cud-zoo') and coincidentally vice-chair of the Chapel Hill planning board, I'd love to have you build your monument near your alma mater. I mention the planning board because we don't currently have a zoning district for 'gigantic flame-breathing animatronic statues to invasive species," but perhaps we should. smile

    If it weren't for the Duke Power easement, there's a spot only just about five hundred yards down the hill from town hall that would be perfect.

    https://www.google.com/maps/preview#!data=!1m8!1m3!1d3!2d-79.055543!3d35.921983!2m2!1f286.2!2f96.49!4f75!2m7!1e1!2m2!1sMIGHXJZX0TBY0T9OmxLgvA!2e0!5m2!1sMIGHXJZX0TBY0T9OmxLgvA!2e0&fid=5

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