Friday, November 20, 2015

Giant Golden Ear Carved out of Tree Trunk, LaVale, MD

Giant Golden Ear Carved out of Tree Trunk, LaVale, MD

About halfway between Cumberland and LaVale, MD, on Route 40, the National Highway, sits a Giant Golden Ear Carved out of Tree Trunk (with a scurrying whispering racoon climbing up the side) in the front of an audiologist, hearing specialist office (All About Hearing). I was on a return visit to Cumberland and "Gunk-holing" (family name for purposely getting lost on back roads to see different things) when I saw the Golden Ear. An immediate u turn put me at the office and home of the Phillips. As I parked I was greeted by a women that ask if I needed help. (you followers know that I do) I said no and asked permission to take pictures of the"ear" explaining about my blog and my obsession with the Roadside America App. After the picture, a gentleman came out and yelled "you forgot take pictures of my giant resin monkey". As I drove back up Route 40, damn if there wasn't a giant gorilla sitting against the side of the house. Maybe next time.

Thursday, November 12, 2015

Kennedy Assassination Cenotaph, Dallas, TX

Kennedy Assassination Cenotaph, Dallas, TX



The sculpture designed by architect Phillip Johnson consists of four 32 foot high walls forming a 50 foot square. The structure is made of concrete, steel and marble and is near the site of President John F. Kennedy’s assassination. It is a cenotaph, a tomb without a body, consisting of a black marble block in the center of the structure, inscribed with Kennedy’s name that is painted gold to reflect on the empty blank walls.


 

Whites Only Water Fountain, Dallas, TX

"Whites Only" Water Fountain, Segregation, Dallas, TX

In downtown Dallas, in the Dallas County Records building, first interest closest to the Kennedy Assassination Cenotaph on Elm Street.  Once it had been forgotten, the metal plate above the water fountain was painted over or covered. Remembering the segregation of the 1960 it now is a reminder of turbulent times. Now the fountain is a multimedia art installation documenting the fight for equality conceptionalized and designed by Artist Lauren Woods. The fountain is still in working order but water only comes out after the finish of the 45 second civil rights video


 

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Tom Thumbs Grave, Bridgeport, CT

General Tom Thumbs Grave, Bridgeport, CT



Personally standing only 3 feet 4 inch tall this 40 foot pedestal with a life size tribute to Charles Sherwood “General Tom Thumb” Stratton on top of his headstone  is located in the Mountain Grove Cemetery and Mausoleum in Bridgeport , CT only several grave sites away from legendary showman and circus promoter Phineas Taylor “P.T.” Barnum, founder of the Ringling Brothers Barnum and Bailey Circus. He married Lavinia Warren in NY City in 1863 and both stood on a grand Piano to receive guest in a greeting line. Following the wedding the couple was received by President Lincoln in the White House.
 

Albino Armadillo, Dallas, TX

Albino Armadillo, Dallas, TX



Sitting high atop what used to be the Nortena meat market sign on Garland Road in Dallas Texas is a waving home-made statue of a white armadillo, wearing a red cowboy hat, red cowboy boots and teal gloves.

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Giant Padlock, Fortress Storage, Boston, MA

Giant Padlock, Fortress Storage, Boston, MA



This giant lock and chain is finally back on the side of the eight story high Fortress Storage building adjacent to Interstate 93 in Boston, MA. This landmark has been on the side of the building for decades, only removed the last several years as the building underwent renovation. The inflatable lock weighs 700 pounds and is 32 feet tall by 20 feet wide. Due to Boston’s harsh winters they take it down and store in the facility. The lock is often taken down also because it is often used for target practice as vandals drive across the bridge from Andrew Square. If you can look closely you can see bullet holes in the side of the building.




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