Friday, December 18, 2009
From the Email Inbox: New York chess set
Re: Largest chessboard
----- Original Message -----From: EddieSent: Friday, December 18, 2009 7:04 AMSubject: Largest chessboardHello,I was looking at your site and saw "The largest Chessboard".You may want to check this out....this chessboard is 3 stories high and placed on a blank wall of the adjacent apartment building. Each chess piece is a disc, 2-1/2 feet in diameter. The chessboard features the end of a famous historical chess match between world champions. At high noon each Wednesday, a workman goes aloft in a "cherry picker" to advance the game. A flag flies throughout the week indicating which color is to play next. 767 Third Avenue is recognized as one of Manhattans signature buildings.!!!Eddie Kilkenny
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Monday, December 7, 2009
Albert the Bull Meta Photo
Louisville Slugger, and associated WSV
Thursday, December 3, 2009
WLCoWSVoWLT Road Trip Hand-Drawn Book
Tuesday, December 1, 2009
Tines they Are a Changin'
Monday, November 30, 2009
Finished Restoration, Big Fish Supper Club, Bena MN
(side note - Josh is Erika's first cousin, so the World's Largest Things gene must run on the Swedish side of the line...)
Buy the Big Fish: http://www.mnresortsales.com/resorts/1960141.html
Hire Josh to make your next World's Largest Thing: http://www.avalonsculpture.com/portfolio.htm
Bena Minnesota Big Fish: Restored, and for sale!
Just found the listing after the agent left a message on one of the blog posts... Perfect opportunity! Now, where did I leave that large stash of cash, so I can live in Minnesota, run a resort, and care for a BIG FISH?
Did I mention the year-round fish cleaning house?
As the ad says: JUST MINUTES TO LAKE WINNIBIGOSHISH
Rose Hill NC Chamber of Commerce
Rose Hill North Carolina World's Largest Pan - still being used!
From the PR Newswire: World's Largest Frying Pan Heats Up
ROSE HILL, N.C. - Nov. 30, 2009
The world's largest frying pan, measuring fifteen feet in diameter and clocking in at an astounding two tons, is about to be fired up.
On Saturday, December 5th, a portion of the frying pan's forty gas burners will be put to good use in celebration of the Rose Hill Christmas Parade. Constructed in 1963, the world's largest frying pan can fry up to 365 chickens and uses nearly 200 gallons of cooking oil at capacity.
Whole Harvest, maker of the nation's first naturally produced zero Trans-fat, hexane free cooking oil, will be providing all the cooking oil for the event. House of Raeford Farms, Inc., headquartered in Rose Hill, will supply the chicken. Sales proceeds will support the Rose Hill Volunteer Fire Department.
Whole Harvest is proud to support the Rose Hill Volunteer Fire Department. It seems only fitting for the world's largest frying pan to use the nation's first all natural, no Trans-fat, hexane free oil.
SOURCE Whole Harvest
*from WLT Director Erika Nelson: This sounds like the DelMarVa pan, but North Carolina?!? Maybe there's yet another World's Largest Pan! DelMarVa pan is housed in Wilmington Delaware, used to be used in the Delaware/Maryland/Virginia peninsula for chicken frys. Also, Long Beach Washington has a retired (and now replicated) pan, formerly used for clam frys, and there's one in Brandon, Iowa, too...*
Saturday, November 28, 2009
When Worlds Combine - great Back Yard Visitor story from Thanksgiving Weekend
Sunday, November 22, 2009
Connecting the dots for about 10 years...
Reminder #1: While doing next month's columns, I ran across a blog that mentioned the WL Replica Cheese (now gone), which also uses my commentary and meta-photo:
Reminder #4: The same residency that let to my appearance in Zippy the Pinhead:
Thursday, November 19, 2009
NEW Sideshow Poster now available for purchase
Monday, November 16, 2009
New error message for WLT site
Sunday, November 15, 2009
Seattle's Hat-N-Boots - Restored!
Restoration of the hat is complete!
The Georgetown Community Council and Seattle Parks and Recreation are happy to announce the completion of the restoration on the Hat 'n' Boots. Scaffolding came down from around the hat on October 15, 2009. The painting of the hat was completed soon after and Parks is working on finishing the final details.
The Hat 'n' Boots were moved from thier former location at the "Premium Tex" Texaco gas station on E Marginal Way to Oxbow Park in December 2003. The boots were restored in 2005.
Thank you, Seattle! This Pro Parks project is complete, and the park is open to public. On Saturday, August 13, 2005, the community gathered to dedicate the new park.
Park construction started in November 2003 but it took on real meaning with the move of the Hat 'n' Boot structures to the park on December 13, 2003. The move was accomplished in two stages starting on December 12. (See photos.)
800 Maynard Ave. S., 3rd Floor
Seattle, WA 98134-1336
From the Email Inbox: WL Rubber Chicken pics
Friday, November 13, 2009
Rhode Island Milk Can for sale
This vacant Milk Can Structure Building that was originally an ice cream stand, built in the shape of a dairyman's cream can 32 1/2 feet high and 16 feet in diameter represented the earliest
period of snack food merchandising located on a major highway, Route 146.
It was moved for highway construction Rt 99 in the late eighties early nineties. It was only moved one mile down the same road from its previous location to a new location.
This container building was a unique expression of architecture, built by the Original owner, Charles Plante that would demand the motorist's notice. In 1950 a canopy and Kitchen was a major addition, as well as a patio area in 1960.
This vacant milk can is listed in the National Register status 1979
Thursday, November 12, 2009
Two WLTs in ONE AP story...
Guinness Book of World Records spokeswoman Justine Bourdariat says 8-foot-1-inch tall Sultan Koesen of Turkey displayed the 1,435-pound (651-kilogram) biscuit. Baked locally in the traditional gingerbread-man shape, it beat the previous gingerbread cookie record of 1,307 pounds set in 2006 in Smithville, Texas.
Ikea spokesman Jan Thommesen says Guinness Book of World Records representative Kelly Gerret awarded the furniture store a world record diploma Thursday as part of the publication's World Records Day.
Koesen was declared the tallest living man by the Guinness Book of World Records in September.
Tuesday, November 10, 2009
Monday, November 9, 2009
August US Airways Magazine: Alberta's WLTs
In Egypt, the great Pharaohs commissioned towering pyramids as lasting testaments to immortality. India is the site of the Taj Mahal, and China the Great Wall. Across Europe, cities raise monuments to exalted leaders and famous explorers.
And in the far-flung town of Mundare in the Canadian province of Alberta, near the intersection of highways 15 and 855, stands the world's largest Ukrainian sausage. The 42-foot-tall opus to grilled goodness commemorates the nearby Stawnichy's Meat Processing facility, the region's Ukrainian heritage, and the town's long-running association with various pork products.
No one really knows — or at least they aren't willing to say — just why Alberta seems to be falling all over itself to construct Brobdingnagian shrines to the weird, the wacky, and the downright strange. Actually, that's only partly true: There's usually a somewhat reasonable explanation for many of the gargantuan attractions. Still, the list of oversized memorials reads like the itinerary for a Griswold family vacation.
Sunday, November 1, 2009
Heat on to find world's largest stove a home
BY RON DZWONKOWSKI
FREE PRESS EDITORIAL WRITER
A sizable problem
Big piece of history
After its run in Chicago, the stove stood for decades on the Garland Co.'s front lawn along Jefferson before it was moved east to near the bridge leading to Belle Isle. In 1965, it was moved to the front of the fairgrounds along Woodward, but lasted there only until 1974.
The stove was "was literally falling apart" when it was taken down and left in a pile inside the warehouse of the Detroit Historical Museum at Ft. Wayne, Hertel said. More than two decades later, he had 20 truckloads of stove pieces brought to the fairgrounds where artisans from Greenfield Village supervised the removal of 12 coats of lead-based paint, salvaged about 60% of the original wood and repainted and rebuilt the stove over three years, adding a rubberized top layer to afford it better protection.
So now what? Frankly, there are higher priorities. Still, it would be a shame to just let it go or dismantle it and pack it away someplace. After all, nobody else has one.
My favorite idea is putting it under the "Spirit of Detroit," a perfect reminder that sometimes you have to light a fire under people around here to get anything done.
But if you've got a proposal for the stove, you are invited to send an e-mail to DMBemail@example.com, the real estate division of the state Department of Management and Budget, which is now in charge of the fairgrounds. Actually, if you've got an economic development proposal for the site, they probably would welcome that, too. A stove factory, maybe?
Friday, October 30, 2009
TWO - TWO - TWO Mimetic Architecture Icons at ONE JUNCTION!
Date: Between 1928 and 1930
Skelly Station No.2, Topeka, Kansas
Date: Between 1928 and 1930
Tuesday, October 27, 2009
Giant MooCow - Foundation set!
Monday, October 26, 2009
World's Largest Tug-of-War Rope, Kumohji, Naha, Japan
Sunday, October 25, 2009
Friday, October 16, 2009
RVRR Does it again: TV Worth Watching, Tom Brinkmoeller on TV's coolest road trip
In 1967, Charles Kuralt invented a television genre when he began documenting simple and interesting parts of America and its people with his series of "On the Road" reports for CBS News.
In 1995, soon after Kuralt ended those reports, three guys from a Kansas public television station accidentally picked up the thread. And they've been having nothing but fun with it ever since.
Rare Visions and Roadside Revelations is a half-hour series that finds outsider art in all corners of the country, has fun making the discovery, and tries to include the creators of that art. It's a road trip with a trio of the coolest tour guides ever on public TV -- a kind of a Monty Python meets Rick Steves mix that tells you a lot about what you're seeing and makes you laugh at the same time.
Read the rest on their blog: TV Worth Watching
and we're SO very proud to be on some of their episodes. This article was from East Coast authors, with a little blurb at the bottom as to when/where to catch the show in Philadelphia and New York. Now THAT's coverage... GO! KCPT! GO!
Thursday, October 15, 2009
Road Show: Art Cars and the Museum of the Streets
Wednesday, October 14, 2009
Travel Writers LOVE LOVE LOVE Lucas.
On Location Rural Kansas: One Motherquirky Little Town
Friday, October 9, 2009
Big Art in a Small World
Art 21 - a great series from PBS, premiering now - See the official page
But, even better, the Salina Art Center has been showing them in the Art Center Cinema, enabling area artists a sneak peek, and discussions afterwards. During intermission, the coordinator for the Smoky Hills River Festival turns around and says: "Oh, did I tell you? During a Festival Planners Conference, one of the Pennsylvania coordinators says he saw the Bacolicious installation in a newsletter, and thought 'Well, EVERYONE loves BACON!', reads further, and thought 'Well, of COURSE it was in Salina!'" Small world - turns out, the PA Coordinator gets the WLT Newsletter! He's a Society for Commercial Archeology member, and saw the item on the 'recent doin's' section...
Art, bringing crazy people together since cave painting time.
Thursday, October 8, 2009
Talkin' Voting Rights with the Travel Writer
Thursday, October 1, 2009
Belger Show "Rare Visions - Detour Art" voted Best of Kansas City
Wednesday, September 30, 2009
Haunted Evening in Lucas - Sat. Oct. 24th
Grassroots artists from across the state will come back from the dead or appear in person for this spirited event.
Event check-in time is between 6-6:30 PM at the Flying Pig Studio and Gallery at 123 S. Main Street.
Enjoy appetizers and visit with Bruce McGehee, master pumpkin carver, as he will be demonstrating his special technique. You may come in costume.
Bring a carved or decorated pumpkin/gourd to be voted on for "People's Choice" through October 31st. The money raised will go toward the "Bowl Plaza," Lucas' quirky public restrooms.
Next board the hayrack with S.P. Dinsmoor and grassroots friends for some ghostly stories while viewing the Garden of Eden's night lighting for this eerie evening. Those who haven't visited with Dinsmoor in his Mausoleum may donate to the preservation fund to stay and chat with Mr. Dinsmoor.
Continue the journey and enjoy the progressive main course with a variety of Pastas and Snake (bread) on the menu.
Sneak across the street to the Grassroots Art Center and be prepared for more stories from bewitched spirits and spooktacular desserts.
Mail registration with fee by October 22nd to:
Lucas Area Chamber of Commerce
PO Box 186, Lucas, KS 67648.
Tuesday, September 29, 2009
Come early to the “Haunted Evening in
Mail registration with fee by October 22nd to: Grassroots Art Center 213 South Main Street,
Monday, September 28, 2009
Sad news from the Productmobile Blog: SPAMmobile on Ebay.
Friday, September 25, 2009
Member packets off...
Wednesday, September 23, 2009
Kansas Statehood Speakers Bureau
Monday, September 14, 2009
By RYAN E. SMITH
BLADE STAFF WRITER
The end of summer is upon us and with it the prime season for road-tripping. That doesn't mean you have to say goodbye to the best part of some roadside attractions: the kitsch.
Giant statues of French waiters have no problem standing tall as the fall colors appear, and if a 50-foot-long green dinosaur could survive extinction, it probably can weather an Ohio winter. No matter what time of year it is, these pieces of Americana are hard to miss.
Saturday, September 12, 2009
Seeking the World’s Biggest Meatball? Try Mexico.
Thursday, September 10, 2009
New Member Packets - going out today.
Wednesday, September 9, 2009
WLT Member at Balsa Man with the WSVoWLCoWSVoWLT
In a wonderful example of Big Ideas Writ Small (this year's theme for the Balsa Man event, held Sept. 5th in California), WLT Members and Fans spotted the World's Smallest Version of the World's Largest Collection of the Worlds Smallest Versions of the World's Largest Things Traveling Roadside Attraction and Museum on the Balsa Man Playa.
See more happenings at the Balsa Man site and blog:
Grant Writin' Time
Tuesday, September 8, 2009
Frustration and Longing for a Pre-Computer World
Saturday, September 5, 2009
From the Scottish Sun: THE world's biggest bottle of whisky will be unveiled today - and turned miniature
Dru McPherson and Mike Drury made the monster malt to put the village of Tomintoul, Banffshire, on the map.
The giant 1½metre bottle holds 105.3 litres of 14-year-old Tomintoul single malt.
A German glassmaker created the 7mm thick pyrex bottle, and a massive cork was specially made to fit.
Dru will display it in his Clockhouse Restaurant, while whisky shop boss Mike will sell normal-size replicas.
Dru, 47, said: "They will look like miniatures by comparison." He added: "The hardest part was watching the giant cork hammered in - we were dreading the noise of smashing glass."
Local MP Angus Robertson will unveil the record-breaker in the village today.
Tuesday, September 1, 2009
From the Email Inbox: W.L. Elevated Tank, San Diego CA
I have attached that photo from 1924. The sign in the photo reads:
"Bottom for largest elevated tank in the world
Diameter 54 feet
Height 128 feet
Capy. 1200000 gals
San Diego, Calif."
Some additional info: Contractor was the Pittsburgh-Des Moines Steel Company, Tank is supported 50 feet above ground, Height of tank is 52 feet, Height from foundation to the overflow cap is 127.5 feet, When fully loaded the tank held approximately 5000 tons of water, Steel structural plates weighed 400 tons
Source: North Park: A San Diego Urban Village 1896-1946, Donald P. Covington, Hon Consulting Inc. 2007
I have also attached a photo of how it stands today, one of it in the context of the neighborhood and one of me dressed in my water tower costume in last year's Christmas parade.
Thanks again for creating such a wonderful collection! V.
Sunday, August 30, 2009
Big Fish Supper Club, Bena MN - Restoration in progress
Friday, August 28, 2009
Giant Tucson Tiki unveiled in historic event August 29!
Tucson, Arizona- The giant three story TIKI head from the closed Magic Carpet Golf property in Tucson has been totally resurrected and a major unveiling celebration event is scheduled August 29, 2009 at its new home The Hut on 4th Ave. Engineering, planning, crane removal, trucking, new structural base creation and the artistic design and creation of a totally new base, has taken over 18 months to complete along with "Save The Tiki" fundraising to finance the complicated process.
The TIKI (Moai) STONE FACE is the creation of the late Lee Koplin of miniature golf fame and was fabricated by Mike Kautza who was an employee of Mr. Koplin at the time almost 40 years ago. The entirely new artistic part of the base of the three-story sculpture was designed and fabricated by Tom Prevatt, a local artist from Amado, AZ. It has been a combined effort of a number of local companies: Galileo Construction, Division 2 Construction, Broderick Engineers, Parson Steel Erectors, Marcos Crane, Caid Industries, Lanning Architects and of course The Hut to make this possible.
The planned fundraising event for this Saturday August 29 will be historic and large numbers of Tucsonans are expected to attend as well as Tiki lovers from around the nation. One of the largest international Tiki conventions (http://www.tikioasis.com) was held recently in San Diego, CA and two of the conventions' bands headlining The Hut dedication, The Martini Kings and the Del Reys, will be bringing their fans with them. The web site: http://www.tikicentral with over 250,000 members from around the world has publicized the happening on their web site.
Flam Chen, an internationally known Tucson based pyrotechnic theater troupe, combine with Chaz Cadaver and the music group The Mission Creeps to create a unique presentation unlike any seen before. The music for the performance "Nightmare on Tiki Island" (fun spoof) will be heard as FIRE comes out the Giant Tiki Head with a large video backdrop as Flam Chen performs. This will be the main event scheduled for nightfall (7:50 PM). >From 4:00 PM until 2:00 AM there will be a total of 18 bands performing on three stages throughout the evening.
The Magic Carpet miniature golf at 6125 E. Speedway was a Tucson icon for over 40 years until its closure in December of 2007. The giant Tiki ( STONE FACE) was the most popular of all the unique sculptures in the park and it is estimated that over 200,00 visitors enjoyed its presence. The statue was featured in Sven Kirsten's TIKI MODERN book in 2008. He is the author of THE BOOK OF TIKI considered the best reference material on the subject.
Community support and the efforts of The Hut operators Fini Finical and Scott Mencke and their fundraising events helped by Tucson's Valley of the Moon, have made it possible for future generations to enjoy this gentle giant. Now the tallest structure on 4th Ave., it is sure to become a tourist magnet in the future.
The event will be held Saturday, August 29, at The Hut, 305 N. 4th Ave., Tucson, AZ from 4:00 PM until 2:00 AM. < huttucson.com > There is a cover charge of $15 and visitors must be over 21. This charge is to help recover the substantial expenses for the Tiki's relocation and resurrection of downtown Tucson's newest icon.