Pasadena Fork in the Road

Another fork in the road.  This one in Pasadena, California.  Here is some info from Bird Dog Andy.

“I got some more intel on that fork in Pasadena from Jacob and Meghana yesterday. It apparently was very controversial when they put it in since it was installed by the artist without any permission. There was a years long fight about it but was eventually allowed.”

In the concrete in the base is inscribed, “Peace, Love and Harmony.”

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Fork in the Road

Shade Gap Elementary

You never know where Big Things will appear.  We had just left the Moretz cabin on the Juniata River in Pennsylvania when we drove past the Shade Gap Elementary School.  I didn’t see these Big Crayons but the Chief Photographer did and called for a quick U-turn.  This photo is the result.

Shade Gap Elementary

Shade Gap Elementary

Flower Show Pool Table

We skipped the Home Show in January, usually our way of getting ready for the upcoming year.  Instead we held off for the Flower Show which was better than I remembered from past years.  These soccer sized pool balls provided quite a bit of entertainment for show goers.  I had to wait a while to get this image.

Flower Show Pool Table

Flower Show Pool Table

Nate’s Chair

Well, here is my first shared Big Thing photo.  And how best to share it than with the first Grand Bird Dogger.  Nate posed with this chair a while ago and when I was in South Jersey it was only natural that we would share this image capture.  I think he may have a future with Big Things.

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Nate’s Chair

Keyer Pipe Shop Sign

While we were in Cincinnati for the Brain Tumor walk we visited the Cincinnati Art Museum.  While walking through some of the galleries we spotted this Big Pipe.  Turns out it was a sign in front of the Keyer Pipe House Shop which was on Main Street between 12 and 13th.  The sign was installed in 1917 and lasted thee until 1983 when the shop closed.

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Keyer Pipe Shop Sign

Family Leisure Chair

Deb and I and our friend Jerry were downtown to see the Ansel Adams exhibit at the Eiteljorg Museum in Indianapolis.  Jerry is an accomplished photographer and we wanted to get his comments on Ansel Adams, who has long been a favorite of mine.  On the way to dropping Jerry off at his house we were passing by Family Leisure and wanted to look a new fire pit.  Well, lo and behold, here was this Big Chair.

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Family Leisure Chair

Andy T’s Radio Flyer

My Uncle Ed lives in St. Johns, Michigan and when we stop to see him we generally stop at Andy T’s market.  They have a lot of landscaping plants, (we purchased some) and a small market with a lot of home made goods like pastries, jelly, etc.  Always a good stop.  In the past there was a Big Chair in the field nearby.  This time, well hello!  This big Radio Flyer was next to the parking lot.  Wow, what an unexpected find.

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Andy T’s Radio Flyer

Andy T’s Big Chair

When we were up in Michigan to see my Uncle Ed we stopped at Andy T’s Farm Market as we always do.  It’s always a treat to stop in for one reason or another.  When we stopped this time we spotted this Big Chair.

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Andy T’s Big Chair

Hammer in Hand Custom Cycles Anvil

Well, we were up in Michigan to visit my Uncle Ed. While there we spent some time and drove through St. Johns, and we noticed this Big Anvil atop the Hammer in Hand Custom Cycles building.  I visited briefly but it’s taken me some time to get this image up on the site.  This is my first Big Anvil, who knew it would be in St. Johns.

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Hammer in Hand Anvil

 

Minneapolis Airport Bookstore

On the way home from the LA trip we changed planes in the Minneapolis airport. On the way to the commuter terminal I found this bookstore with a couple big pile of books and some oversize newspapers decorating the front of the store.  Now, I traveled through MSP for years and never spotted these big things.

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Minneapolis Airport Bookstore

Santa Monica Fork in the Road

On the way from Ventura we spotted this Big Fork on Main Street in Santa Monica.  Grabbed a parking spot around the corner (not the easiest thing to do in Santa Monica) to get this image.  This, I found out is the symbol/logo for the Fork in the Road Restaurant, a “New American Restaurant.” What ever that means.  It was mid-afternoon and were headed for a great dinner at “The Lobster,” at the base of the Santa Monica Pier so we didn’t stop in for a nosh.

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Santa Monica Fork in the Road

Venice Binoculars

This is billed as the “World’s Largest Binoculars,” and they very well could be.  Located on Main Street in Venice, California they were designed by Claus Oldenberg and Coosje vanBruggen.  Quite the find, only negative is that I was there during a work protest.  Fortunately for me there was no picket line.  Not sure I could have crossed, I did grow up in Detroit.

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Venice Binoculars

California Science Center Gyroscope

We had a visitor’s choice day according to Julia’s trip schedule during our Spring Break Trip to Los Angeles.  It was a fine Tuesday morning and after visiting the magnificent rose garden in the park out front we visited the California Science Center.  What a great museum!  Lot’s of school groups present and the museum has lots of interactive displays which keep their attention.  The museum is also the home to the retired Space Shuttle Endeavor.  A good presentation on space travel and videos of the arrival of the space shuttle, both the fly-overs as well as the surface movement of the shuttle onto the museum grounds.  I was even happier when we spotted this big gyroscope mounted outside the ExploraStore.

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California Science Center Gyroscope

LA City Market Sculpture

On Saturday right after we arrived Julia and Dan took us down to the LA City Market.  What an interesting place.  Lots of ethnic food types, almost any type of pepper you could want.  It was a veritable treasure of sights, sounds and smells.  If you have time this is a stop you must take in LA.

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LA City Market

LA Huge Chair

My West Coast Bureau Chief alerted the Home Office to this Big (really huge) Chair near downtown LA.  And she wasn’t kidding, this is the biggest chair I’ve seen.  Look carefully, it’s big enough for a car to drive through.  Maybe it’s made from Sequoia wood.

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LA Huge Chair

Home Show Phone

The Indianapolis Home Show has been the site of my first Big Thing photos of the year. This year yielded a couple. Here is a Big Smartphone located in the Comcast booth right at the west entrance. Chris was kind enough to let us take this photo. If you look closely at the screen on the phone you can just make out the Chief Photographer in the lower left.

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Home Show

Home Show Vase

This is a new one. This granite company exhibits every year showing a wide variety of large granite slabs. It’s always interesting to see the many different types of granite on display. This year to draw attention to their booth they displayed this big granite vase. I don’t know how they did this, must have used the largest granite lathe ever made. Quite impressive work.

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Home Show Vase

Indianapolis Indians Jersey

The Indianapolis Indians are the Triple-A baseball team that plays at Victory Field here in Indianapolis.  We go to a few games each year and it’s lot’s of fun.  Guys trying to make it to “The Show” while sometimes someone is down rehabbing from the majors.  The Indians are the farm team for the Pittsburgh Pirates.  On the way into a game we spotted this Big Shirt and grabbed the photo opportunity.  I think the Indians won that night.

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Indianapolis Indians Jersey