Artist Toban Nichols and his husband Jonathan Schneiderman don’t really need to bother giving out the address to their Highland Park home. Just drive up Monte Vista Terrace and look for the giant agave they call Stabitha (“Stabitha Tenticle Clawhand” to be exact). The agave was planted five years ago by the home’s owner and it has steadily increased in size, attracting attention and scratching the skin and tearing the clothing of passerby who may have gotten t0o close. But now Stabitha is getting cut down to size and being hauled off. A gardener, who started the job today, is expected to finish Stabitha off on Friday. Said Toban:
It’s being taken down tomorrow because the plant has grown too big, too sick, and also starting to lean out into the sidewalk a little too much for safety. Our gardener today cut several pieces off the plant to lighten it up and is coming back tomorrow morning at 9 to take it down completely ..
If you can’t pay your last respects to Stabitha in person, Toban is taking photos and posting them on his Facebook page.