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Giant Scissors

Giant scissors seemingly stabbed into the side of a hair salon leave no question about the vocation of the owners. 

If it’s possible to whimsically stab, that’s just what this utensil is doing, piercing the concrete flesh of a corner building home to the beauty corporation Wella and hair-care company Sebastian International. Like a layer created by a discerning stylist, the salon tool easily blends in with the rest of the edifice–maybe surprisingly so–and is all but lost at the adjacent intersection known nary to see a pedestrian. And while we’re on the thought, let it be said that this piece of art is not, er, pedestrian in nature, for there is a humor about it, a nerve about it, that deserves but doesn’t beg for admiration.

 Update: As of 2/25/18, the scissors are no longer there. The metal bracket that held them is all that remains.

Know Before You Go

Exit 101 Freeway and head north on De Soto Ave. Destination is at the left on a corner building.

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