Menlo Park, California: White Cement Artichokes

Cement artichokes, dating from the 1930s and sculpted by Martin Dioli, top eight pillars on yard walls in this neighborhood.
1000 Santa Cruz Ave., Menlo Park, CA
875 University Ave, 1060 and 1064 Santa Cruz Ave.
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Ornamental artichoke.

White Cement Artichokes

"Cement Artichoke Capital of the Peninsula" is how the daughter of Martin Dioli and Italian immigrant and creator of Menlo Park's cement artichokes, describes her hometown.

The World's Largest Artichoke may be in Castroville, but Menlo Park has 8 cement artichokes that have graced its neighborhoods since the 1930s. The largest concentration of the ghost white thistles are along the 1000 block of Santa Cruz Avenue (total of 6) and the creator's original two artichokes framing the family home gateposts on University Avenue. Dioli's work can even be seen in the coastal town of Davenport, CA where there are 2 more of them.

[Phil Pasquini, 09/08/2009]

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