Hunger Games fan transforms lawn

3:29 PM, Sep 6, 2012   |    comments
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Best selling books inspired an East Tennessee man to transform his lawn.

"My granddaughter in Franklin, Tennessee had read the books and was so excited about it," Brian Addison said.

His 14 year old granddaughter convinced him to see The Hunger Games movie and then read the trilogy.

"It was hard to put down actually the first book so I said OK let's see what happens in the second one," he said.

In the best selling books written by Suzanne Collins, the mockingjay is a symbol of rebellion.

Brian Addison decided to re-create the fictional bird in the backyard of the house he rents in Oak Ridge.

"One day I thought you know if I get up on the roof and look right out there in that area where I put it I could get a good shot of it and you could see it," he explained.

He documented making a mockingjay with photos taken from his roof.

It was a multilayered process.

"So the mockingjay is superimposed on this clock which has roman numerals," he said as he pointed to the picture he outlined on paper. He used stakes to outline a circle in his yard.

"In order to plot the mockingjay and the clock face and everything else I had to cut it into quadrants with a string," he explained.

He finished it with a mower, weed eater, and paint.

"I had to get the grass growing up the right height to where I could cut it two or three different levels then plotted it out," he said.

He put a sign in his front yard and posted on Twitter and facebook inviting people to check out his back yard.

"I had some good responses about it," he said.

The best angle is from above but you can make out the mockingjay at ground level or grass level.

Brian Addison says his landlord depends on him to keep the lawn cut.

"I sent him a picture this morning and I said I'm going to make his yard famous for just a few minutes," he said with a laugh.

If you want to set up a time to see the mockingjay in person, email Brian Addison at

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