Prehistoric Lawn Decorations Causes Controversy In Texas Neighborhood

| by Amanda Andrade-Rhoades

Some people put gnomes on their lawn as decoration, but Nancy Hentschel and her husband decided to take visitors to their Sugar Land, Texas, home back to prehistoric times by placing two metal statues of dinosaurs in their front lawn.

The T-Rex and Velociraptor sculptures, which the couple acquired on a trip to Arizona, has definitely sparked a lot of conversation than the conventional pink lawn flamingo. "Obviously it does make a little bit of a statement," Hentschel told KTRK-TV. "And I've met more neighbors in the past 24 hours than I have in the 17 years we've lived here.”

Though the dinosaur lawn ornaments are prohibited by Hentschel’s Homeowner Association, she said she’ll fight any attempt to remove them. "It's creative, and it's creating a real sense of community here," she said. 

Someone posted a photo of the dinosaurs to the New Territory Residential Community Association’s Facebook page, which is maintained by a board member, and most of the more than 200 comments supported the prehistoric presence in the neighborhood. “The yard is kept in an amazing condition. The dinosaurs are in great condition. So really what is the problem? Shame on the HOA,” Angela Reynolds wrote.

Sources: KTRK-TV, New Territory Residential Community Association/Facebook Image via New Territory Residential Community Association/Facebook