Sadly, this Edit Pick is in memoriam. Dragon junk can still be seen in Iao Valley, but its Keokea counterpart has been castrated. This Upcountry park is home to a standing statue of its namesake—Chinese revolutionary Sun Yat-Sen—but is hallmarked by two large, faux stone lions (and two little ones flanking the park’s entrance, too). Rather promiscuously poised over a large sphere, the mauka-most lion inspired a little Project Mayhem in some anonymous sculptor, and the statue long-boasted a cleverly crafted pair of clay “fruits” of the loom. Conspicuous yet camouflaged, it required close inspection to see that these family jewels (and then some) were a pottery prankster’s addition. But when last I traversed to Sun Yat-Sen Park, I was dismayed to find these dragonballz had been scraped clean off. Neutered, the poor fellow looks nearly as desiccated as the drought-choked park, where the fig tree has no fruit and where should be peaches are but pits.
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