Right near the Wind Chimes and Rocking Chair in downtown Casey, IL is this Big Pencil. This is much bigger (33 feet) than the Big Pencil that I received from Andy. See below.
Big PenciL, Casey IL
Sunday afternoon and the store was closed but the Big Knitting Needles and Big Crochet Hook were on display in the store window of The Yarn Store. I prefer not to take photos through a window since I like to get inside and try to get the backstory. One time I got a photo of a giant popcorn ball behind glass in Sac City, Iowa (see Food and Drink Archives: July, 2011) but there was signage about the object.
Our last stop leaving Casey was to visit a Big Thing as a work in progress. We were told about this Big Mailbox, knowing it was not complete. It will end up a block away from the Big Pencil, near downtown. The mailbox is missing the door and mail indicator flag. It may also get painted. There was no one around at the fabrication site since it was late Sunday afternoon.
Found this Big Flip Flop at the Savvy store on State Street in Santa Barbara while looking for some lightweight shoes. Nice surprise, and I did purchase some shoes too!
Santa Barbara Flip Flop
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.”
Fork in the Road
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
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
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.
I can’t imagine how big the houses must be to rate a For Sale Sign this big. This signed was spotted on the way into south Ocean City, NJ where we spent a few days after Christmas with the family.
Big Sign to sell Big Houses
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.
Keyer Pipe Shop Sign
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.
Family Leisure Chair
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.
Andy T’s Radio Flyer
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.
Andy T’s Big Chair
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.
Hammer in Hand Anvil
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.
Minneapolis Airport Bookstore
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.
Santa Monica Fork in the Road
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.
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.
California Science Center Gyroscope
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.
LA City Market
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.
LA Huge Chair