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Tree carved into giant penis upsetting neighbors

Bruce Banner

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A dead tree is creating quite a stir in one neighborhood in Tempe these days. Neighbors say the carved woodwork went up in the backyard of a home in the 2000 block of E. Dunbar a few weeks ago.

"They carved it, all by themselves it looks like," said Susan Wood, who lives nearby.

"I'm a little bit speechless," said Wood. "A little bit funny but probably something that needs to be taken down."

"I'm thinking it looks a little phallic," said Tim Sunday who was driving by.

"It's 8 feet tall," said Aaron Freidman who walks his dog by the carved object daily, " It's a big tree that was carved into a male phallus."

The City of Tempe received at least one anonymous complaint about the carved tree last week. The owner was issued a violation notice for having a dead tree, said Jeff Tamulevich, code compliance administrator for the City of Tempe.

"The violation was served," said Tamulevich.

Neighbors say the tree was dead and unattractive, before it was carved up. The wood now peaks over the side of a cement wall in the owner's backyard where it is visible to people walking by.

The homeowner was not available for comment right away.

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