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Some Jerk Vandalized Silver Lake's Beautiful Chandelier Tree
Some jerk vandalized the meter that accepts donations to keep Silver Lake's beautiful chandelier tree lit. Silver Lake's Chandelier Tree at 2811 W. Silver Lake Dr. consists of 30 chandeliers, all suspended in the branches of a large tree. As one might imagine, it can get pretty pricey to keep this beautiful attraction illuminated, so a vintage parking meter enables tree lovers to donate funds to help pay for the electricity. Unfortunately, some jerk apparently picked the meter's lock and took out the "operational equipment" Tuesday night, according to Curbed LA.
Naturally, the tree's creator, Adam Tenenbaum, isn't too pleased with this pointless act. He posted to Facebook:
Someone stole The Chandelier Tree parking meter innards!!!! This happened last night super late or this morning before 7 AM. What was stolen is an entirely useless mechanical piece that is intrinsically linked to our specific account and totally worthless to anyone else what was stolen is an entirely useless mechanical piece that is intrinsically linked to our specific account and totally worthless to anyone else. It's really just a senseless act as the meter got zero value to anyone but us. For the chandelier tree this is a tremendous hassle. For me I'm just super super sad and want to punch a baby in the face. If anybody sees anything or knows anything please feel free to contact me. Will do our best to keep the lights on. Much love. Adam. #thechandeliertree#chandeliertree #silverlake
He later clarified that he did not mean he wanted to literally punch a baby in the face.
"I was angry. It was early in the morning. Babies are super cute. I used to be one," he stated in a comment on the post.
The meter had been given to Tenenbaum by a meter company, and it was able to take both coins and credit card donations. Tenenbaum told Curbed that people usually end up donating a total of $200 a month, which he spends on the electricity bill. Those donations don't cover the full bill, but definitely help. Now, the meter can only accept coins, which Tenenbaum says usually amounts to half the total donations. Tenenbaum said that it took a year to get and set up the meter in the first place, and he's not sure the same company will be able to replace the parts that were taken for free. However, he hopes that they'll be returned.
You can see Tenenbaum talk about how the tree came about in the video below: