The Boring Company cleverly lays bricks on Elon Musk’s ‘Monty Python’ watchtower

The Boring Company continues to set the stage for its tunnel opening party this coming Tuesday, with the startup’s projects in Hawthorne showing progress. Elon Musk’s Monty Python-style watchtower, for one, has started taking shape, with bricks now being overlaid on the structure’s metal framework.

The tall, rather imposing structure has its roots from one of Elon Musk’s more playful Twitter sessions. Last month, Musk lightly announced on Twitter that The Boring Company would be constructing a watchtower made of Boring Bricks on its Los Angles site, where a person dressed as a knight would be tasked to “yell insults at people in a French accent” to passers-by. A job listing for a “Watchtower Guard” was posted in The Boring Company’s official website soon after. A picture featuring several knight-clad individuals applying for the post was shared by the tunneling startup on Twitter as well. 

The Boring Company lays bricks on its ‘Monty Python’ watchtower. (Photo: Pauline Acalin/Teslarati)

Photos taken earlier this month by Teslarati photographer Pauline Acalin revealed that the initial phases of the watchtower’s construction were underway. The images, which were taken on December 4, showed that the structure’s metal framework was nearly complete. During that time, there were no Boring Bricks overlaid on the multi-story framework. Returning to the site this Friday, Pauline has found that The Boring Company is now laying some bricks on the watchtower — and it is doing so in an incredibly clever way.

As could be seen in Pauline’s recent photographs, the Boring Company is laying large pre-made sections of Boring Bricks on the watchtower’s metal framework. Using this system, the tunneling startup is able to cover large sections of the watchtower framework quickly and efficiently. With such a system in place, it would not be surprising if The Boring Company actually finishes its watchtower on time for the startup’s Hawthorne test tunnel opening party this coming December 18.

The Boring Company lays bricks on its ‘Monty Python’ watchtower. (Photo: Pauline Acalin/Teslarati)

The construction of a watchtower made up of bricks stems from Elon Musk’s unabashed love for pop culture. Musk has openly expressed his love for the 1975 comedy film Monty Python and the Holy Grail, which is still widely regarded as one of the funniest films ever made. In one of the movie’s most memorable sequences, a sharp-tongued and interestingly articulate French guard played by actor John Cleese mercilessly taunted King Arthur by hurling multiple (and incredibly creative) insults from the top of a castle wall.

Elon Musk openly admits that he is a nerd at heart, previously expressing his interest in otherwise nerdy topics such as role-playing games and lately, Japanese animation. Musk’s love of pop culture and his nerdy tendencies are reflected in his companies. Tesla’s electric cars, for one, are loaded with features and Easter Eggs that are brimming with movie references. There’s the James Bond Lotus Easter Egg, Mad Max mode for Navigate on Autopilot, and a volume setting that goes all the way up to 11 — a reference to This is Spinal Tap. With this in mind, a Monty Python-style watchtower for The Boring Company can be described as classic Elon Musk.

The Boring Company’s opening party for its Hawthorne test tunnel was initially scheduled to be held on December 10. In a recent announcement, though, Musk stated that the event would be moved to December 18 instead.

The Boring Company cleverly lays bricks on Elon Musk’s ‘Monty Python’ watchtower
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