Lancaster, CA – Phonehenge West creator Alan Kimble Fahey has been sentenced to jail for failing to contribute to the structure’s demolition.
Consisting of interconnected rooms and telephone poles, the bizarre Mojave Desert fortress was ordered to be destroyed after Fahey was convicted of several building code violations. Since he never obtained the proper permits to build the structure, officials decided it had to come down.
The Associated Press reports the former telephone company technician was forced to pay $83,000 for the demolition and removal of his unauthorized creation. While many people defended Fahey’s creation as a form of folk art, it didn’t stop officials from knocking Phonehenge West to the ground.
However, authorities stated that Fahey had failed contribute anything substantial to his debt. To date, Alan has only paid back roughly $1,250 to the county of Los Angeles. As a result, he will now spend around 18 months behind bars.
The Christian Science Monitor reports that Fahey’s lawyer is currently working to get his client released early. Code reform advocate David Lewis hopes the fate of Phonehenge and its creator will bring attention to the country’s code enforcement system.
“Kim’s case was striking both by its nature and because of the visual impact of the work that he’s done on his property,” Lewis told The Huffington Post.
Not surprisingly, Alan Fahey was upset when the county ordered that his fortress be destroyed. He took to his official Facebook page to express his opinion on the matter:
“I’ve received photos of other folks’ projects and tree houses … most are being shut down and attacked. Why? Building and Safety, Regional Planning, Inspectors, etc., will say your materials don’t meet their engineering requirements, or, will charge you so much money to comply with their constantly changing rules and regulations your dreams are destroyed. Its basically COMPLY OR DIE.”
A video of Alan Fahey’s structure is available below.
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