Monday, December 05, 2005

hurricane damaged village as Xmas model - News - Blue Roof Christmas Coming Back To Lakeside Mall: " The outcry was so intense after the Lakeside Shopping Center in Metairie USA removed a Christmas display of a miniature hurricane-ravaged town earlier this week that the exhibit is going back up.

Frank Evans, who designed the tiny blue-tarped roofs and little toppled fences, said he will have them re-installed for the weekend at the mall's request.

Some of the satire will be toned down a bit. Evans said mall management didn't want doorways marked with big orange X's indicating the building was searched for bodies, and Evans readily agreed

Evans, a landscape architect from nearby Gretna, has been building Christmas displays for 13 years.

This year's setup, a full 60 feet long with blue-roofed houses, pumping stations and tiny piles of hurricane debris, is circled by a miniature train that children ride after sitting in Santa's lap.


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