Man behind Google’s Android lawn sculptures is taking volunteers for a new project



Building up hype for his latest project, the man behind Google’s lawn sculptures — Giovanni Calabrese — is teasing his latest project as he heads to Google’s HQ in San Francisco to perform some routine maintenance.

It’s no secret that Google is preparing to formally announce the actual dessert name behind their next version of Android, currently known as Android L. While we’re all left guessing as to what that name could possibly be, (Lollipop? Lemonheads? Laffy Taffy?), Mr. Calabrese seems to be under the impression it could be Licorice. In fact, he’s been teasing the name all over his Google+ page. But is it more like trolling?

While it’s entirely possible he knows exactly what the next Android version will named (he does need an adequate amount of time to complete the project in time for Android L and the Nexus 6 unveiling, rumored to arrive later this month) — there’s no way he would flat out reveal the name ahead of any formal announcement. Something tells us he’s just not that stupid.

The hyping of his arrival in California is likely nothing more than a way to drum up a few extra volunteers for his current project which involves the touching up of existing lawn sculptures with a fresh coat of paint (gotta get everything looking nice for all the photos/videos that will be taken once the new Android L statue is added to the mix).

If you’d like to help, Calabrese is looking for local volunteers who can commit to helping touch up the sculptures for 5 days. According to him, you’ll even get a sneak peek at his latest “secret” project which we think will be called anything but licorice.

Chris Chavez
I've been obsessed with consumer technology for about as long as I can remember, be it video games, photography, or mobile devices. If you can plug it in, I have to own it. Preparing for the day when Android finally becomes self-aware and I get to welcome our new robot overlords.

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  1. Android L(ow-Fat Pudding)

    Finally get to trim that fat (bloatware) from the system memory


    1. Is that even possible, I mean seriously is it!? Looking @ you Samsung! Lol

      1. Yes it is, make ask the Samsung SoS available in the manufacture part of the market, just like they have one for the carrier

  2. I wonder when Android L will be released for the Nexus 5 since I’m not getting the Nexus 6.

    1. You get access to the Android L developer preview as it were so I am sure you will get the full deal as well

    2. Nexus 6 will get it first — the previous Nexus phones typically get it ~1 month later, give or take.

      1. LOL ok. The Nexus 6 will come OTB with 5 already installed. As soon as Googs announce a date, which is soon, then Around Nov 1 will sea 5 on the Nexus 5. A 5.9″ phone is too big. The Note 2 @ 5.5 inches was almost too big. Maybe they’ll offer a “mini Nexus 6 @ 4.9” like the Nexus 5

  3. I like any one of these…

    Ice Age: Continental Drift – “Diego in Love”: http://youtu.be/J2_HZuU0VY0

  4. Licorice is a plant/flavor not something that can be easily recognizable with a Sculpture. Now a Licorice Twizzler could be the name but to just name it Licorice doesnt seem like a feasible option.

    1. Seriously? So words can only have one meaning now? smdh

      1. Meaning to use Twizzler Licorice would have to be another licensing deal in place like Kit Kat was. Didn’t think I had to mention that part. The guy is obviously trolling to throw people off.

  5. Unless this man volunteers for Google, I don’t think he should be looking for volunteers to help him. Even if the volunteers’ ‘reward’is a sneak peek into what’s new.

    1. Volunteers could get the all new Nexus 6s….

      1. if their hands are big enough

        1. The Nexus 6 Can make hands seem…..

  6. Android Lager.
    Drinks are on Google!

  7. If he’s talking up Licorice, you can be sure that it’s either:

    1) Not Licorice
    2) He’s currently receiving a cease & desist letter for breaking an NDA, and Google is looking for another artist…

    I’m going with #1.

  8. Layer Cake. I’m convinced it’s gonna be Layer Cake. It fits the feel of the layers in the material design. Licorice is too much of a ‘love it or hate it’ type of sweet.

  9. Giovanni be trollin’!

    Lollipop seems inevitable, so easy to brand and more people like them than licorice.

  10. So will eat your hat if they name it Licorice?

  11. It’s Life Savers people!!! Don’t ask :)

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