An Echo Park garden that’s a smashing success

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Glass pyramids form the teeth, jar handles suggest flared nostrils, and the horns? Teapot spouts.

The ceramic folly is just the beginning in the Echo Park backyard of Larry Nichols and Rob Kibler.


What looks like a 7-foot mermaid swims along one wall. A fanciful fish spews water. As writer R. Daniel Foster tells us:

The 1994 Northridge earthquake dished out the idea for the projects as well as the material: pottery shards that Nichols and Kibler stored in boxes beside their home. Smashed works by such renowned artists as Beatrice Wood and Andrea Gill proved difficult to toss.“I even went around the house and broke a few things that weren’t damaged,” Kibler says. “I thought, break it now and it will last longer on the garden wall.”

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A mosaic face tucked into one of Nichols’ and Kibler’s benches.

Kibler, left, and Nichols by their dragon and, off in the distance, ‘Fifi.’ You can see more photos in our extended gallery.

-- Craig Nakano


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