Mysterious chair appears in east Hollywood neighborhood

Residents hope county doesn't decide to remove chair

HOLLYWOOD, Fla. – A chair that mysteriously appeared in West Lake Park at the end of the walking trail is getting lots of attention.

Local 10 photographer Bob Palumbo said it appeared one morning. He figured it was a new public art display the county was trying out.

"A couple of hours later, I got a call from property manager of my development here, and she said the park had contacted her to see if I knew anything about where the chair might have come from," said Palumbo. "They thought I had something to do with it."

The chair has become quite the attraction for park-goers.

It's made from huge planks of pine, an inch thick and nearly a foot wide. They're bolted together at the base and custom cut around the arms.

The workmanship impressed Billy Shapiro, a general contractor.

"The woodwork, the materials they used, they finished everything, they used coated screws," he said. "Probably should have supported the bottom a little wider because as you can see, it's starting to sink it a little bit in the mud but other than that, it's a sturdy chair."

Residents hope the county doesn't decide to remove it.

"I think it's very cool," one said.

Palumbo called it the best seat in the whole neighborhood.

"I hope is doesn't get too popular and have all these people coming behind my house now," said Palumbo.

Neighbors suspected a group of teenagers who apparently did wood working late at night may have built the chair.