- Boyertown Boot December 7, 2017
- Bustards Snowman November 30, 2017
- Antonio’s Burger October 11, 2017
- Catalina Island Ice Cream October 10, 2017
- LA Coca Cola Bottle October 8, 2017
- Big Table at “The Broad” October 8, 2017
- Big Sombrero Man October 7, 2017
- Rosenthal Wine Tasting October 7, 2017
- PretzelFest Dog Tags September 23, 2017
- Berk’s County Distlefink September 23, 2017
I didn’t get the connection but this sea captain is in front of Best of Philly on US-17 in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. The place is small but it is a bit of South Philly transplanted to the South. The cook is actually transplanted from South Philly and they use Amoroso’s Bread so you a guaranteed authentic rolls. We passed on the chance to grab a steak here and continued up US-17, finally eating at The Village Café in Hampstead, North Carolina. Hate to say it, but I had a better meal than a cheese steak. Stop in if you are in the area.
I call this a Transformer Man since it is made up of a bunch of car parts. It can be found on Sycamore Ave. in Buena Vista, VA in front of a metal reclaimation facility (aka: junkyard.) I like it a lot since is showed a lot of creativity to construct. This was our first stop in Virginia on our way to South Carolina to view the total eclipse in Columbia, SC. No comment on the politics still displayed 9 months after the election.
I was up at the Ben and Annie’s “Lake House” when they closed and we made a trip to the Big Box stores in nearby Mt. Pocono to pick up some items for the new property. While leaving we stopped at Gelco Paints since they had this Big Paint Can and Painter out in front. Gelco is on PA 940 and looks like a great place to pick up some Benjamin Moore paint.
We were out and about traveling down Bethlehem Pike when we spotted this Big Midas Hand. I wonder how many there are of these inflatable hands since I already have one from the Midas store on Keystone Avenue in Indianapolis.
We found this couple alongside I-78 in Pennsylvania next to the Roadside America miniatures store. I previously read about the museum but didn’t have time to go in.
Another artwork in the Frederik Meijer Gardens and Sculpture Park. This one is titled, “Lying Man.” Created by Sean Henry in 2003. I couldn’t help myself and had to pose with the sculpture. A couple of younger women wandered by as we were capturing this image. They enjoyed my pose but said I needed a pillow to be complete.
Well, this was quite some find. I knew about this Viking from a report on Roadside America. We found our way to Bangor, MI High School, only to find that this guy stood past the end zone of the football field. Unfortunately, there was a fence around the entire athletic complex. Not to be deterred I went into the school office and made my case. Fortunately, my plea fell on sympathetic ears. One of the administrative assistants was kind enough to find the keys to the field and walked out to allow us access to the field. My regret is that I did not write her name down assuming I would be able to remember it. Not so. If anyone sees this post and knows this woman please send me a note at “firstname.lastname@example.org” Update: I did hear from the Superintendent of Bangor Public Schools, Dennis P. Paquette and he let me know the kindly person who walked us out to the field was Melissa Quinn, Assistant to the Athletic Director.
On our way to Saugatuck, Michigan we were surprised to spot this inflatable Big Judge. I’ve taken photos with a lot of Big People, pirates, Amish people, etc. but never found a judge before. This one illustrated Mike Anderson’s Auto Group pledge to not judge your credit when purchasing one of their cars.
A quick down to Ocean City with Deb and Nate netted me three Big Things. It was lousy weather in Cherry Hill but sunny and warm “down the shore.”
When we were in Cincinnati for the Brain Tumor Walk we decided to make a visit to the Art Museum. Out front is this Pinocchio.
Here’s an inflatable I spotted in front of the Midas shop in Glendale on my way downtown. I had to get with the Chief Photographer and get back to get the image. I’m not big on inflatables but I haven’t seen this one before.
Deb teaches at Fishers High School in Fishers, Indiana. They were holding their Dance-a-thon to benefit Riley Hospital for Children in Indianapolis. Chris Edwards, who teaches with Deb was instrumental in getting Riley named as the beneficiary of the fundraiser. Last year, his son Ben was diagnosed with cancer and it was through the efforts of the Riley staff that Ben is now a cancer-free, happy, 3 year old and celebrating his health with big brother Blake. Anyway, at the dance-a-thon there were many activities, including these two big blowup slides.
During our visit to Cincinnati we were on our way to Jungle Jim’s International Market (if you haven’t been there, go!) The chief photographer spotted this big Big Boy dressed up for Halloween and we circled back to grab this image.
There are so many people that have fun with their business. In this case it is Jacobs Mechanical on Hopple St. in Cincinnati. They must be in heating and cooling, thus the Big Duct Man. One warning, Hopple Street is pretty dangerous to cross, traffic moves fast and there are hills and curves that hides traffic until it is on top of you. No standing in the street to get this image, the Chief Photographer actually had to go to the end of the block to cross with the light.
A Big Genie greets visitors to the American Sign Museum in Cincinnati. I wonder where this Big Beauty stood before relocating to Cincinnati. Anyway, he is one of several Big Things outside the museum. We were in Cincinnati for Fall Break from school (actually only 1 night, big deal) planning to have some chili and visit the Underground History Museum. In my opinion the museum was much better than the chili. Sorry Cincinnati, I like the Coney Dog chili in Detroit better.
This was a great surprise. One morning when we traveled up from Ocean City, Maryland we stopped in Bethany Beach to walk around. Bethany looks like a real nice place to spend some time, stop by if you get in the area. On the way out of town we took some side streets and spotted this Big Skelton Pirate, as you guessed, in a minature golf course.
Also in Pigeon Forge is The Hollywood Wax Museum, currently under construction but looks to open soon. Despite the construction we were able to get this image. We guessed the profiles were John Wayne, Elvis, Marilyn Monroe and Charlie Chaplin. Do you agree? There appears to be more Big Things to come on this site.
UPDATE: I later received the following e-mail from a finishing artist on this project, this is what he has to say.
I helped as the finishing artist on this ‘Mt Rushmore’ at the Hollywood Wax Museum in Pigeon Forge. It’s unique as it was computer sculpted in Styrofoam and then hard coated with 2 unique hard coats. One is a wall spray ‘concrete’. The other is my own invention: Flex-a-Rock… A flexible cement-like sculpting paste. Flex-a-Rock is the only material that can make a faux brick or stone wall on canvas or Tyvek and be shipped rolled up like a poster. It will, I believe, change the way textures and decorative surfaces will be applied in theme parks, zoos and as faux finishes.
Sincerely, John Votel