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San Francisco, California - Lump Headed Creatures
The trio of heads entitled "Moonrise Sculptures: March, October, and December" are by Ugo Rondinone, made of mottled aluminum, and were installed in 2008. As others have noted, they look very Tim Burton-ish. Next to them is a piece entitled "Human Sculptures" by Jonathan Borofsky (of "Ballerina Clown" fame).[Dean Jeffrey, 10/23/2014]
- 555 Mission St., San Francisco, CA
- Mission Street Plaza, between 1st St. and 2nd St.
Columbus, Life Size Statue Of Arnold Schwarzenegger The recent relocation of the statue is near the Columbus Convention Center at the intersection of High St and Spruce St. The living Schwarzenegger comes back every year for the Arnold event. Swing into the local pubs across the street. Cool visit [Study Ref, 10/23/2014]
Alamo, California - Animals, Cowboys, and More
There's a collection of cowboys, horses, gorillas, zebras, and other figures packed into a backyard menagerie.[Mulvaney, 10/22/2014]
The menagerie is the collection of homeowners Richard and Terri Delfosse. They've been adding to it since 2005, and enjoy the attention it receives.
- Iron Horse Regional Trail, Alamo, CA
- Set back in the trees on the west side of the Iron Horse Trail, about a hundred yards south of where it crosses Ridgewood Rd.
Port Townsend, Washington - Fat Smitty's
Loads of photo ops at this place. I just love giant things. Quirky, colorful (and the burgers are good, too), but remember to bring cash, as that is all they accept.
The inside was a surprise. Over the years patrons have tacked dollar bills to the ceiling -- many, many bills. They do not have postcards for sale, believe it or not, but I rectified that by sending them a batch from the pictures I took when I was there. A fun place to stop after you've visited Bandy's Troll Haven.[Connie in Seattle, 10/22/2014]
- 282624 Us Highway 101, Port Townsend, WA
- At the intersection of US 101 and Hwy 20 at the southernmost tip of Discovery Bay.
Sequim, Washington - Bandy's Troll Haven
Super cool place. Although the Haven was remodeled in 2012 and many of the trolls were removed, there are still many to be seen (I never saw it before but I would have loved to have seen it when there were more). Even staying on the public side of the fences there are still loads of photo ops.
Apparently some of the buildings on the property are for sale. "Neptune's Keep," a five-bedroom home, can be yours for $1.2 million.[Connie in Seattle, 10/22/2014]
Since they're trolls, they'll probably want payment in gold. We'll have to load up the trunk.
Troll Haven/Bandy Farms
- 950 Gardiner Beach Road, Sequim, WA
- From Seattle: Take the Kingston ferry. From Kingston follow signs for Sequim (over Hood Canal Bridge on 101 W). Gardiner is about 12 miles before Sequim. Continue past Discovery Bay Store and Discovery Bay Restaurant. Look for mile marker 277 on the left side of the road. Once you pass mile marker 277, you will see a sign 'Entering Gardiner'. Turn right on Gardiner Beach Road. Proceed down the hill. Stay on Gardiner Beach Rd, it makes a dogleg at the first stop sign (left at the stop sign and then an immediate right, continuing downhill all the way to the water). Follow Gardiner Beach Road (it bends left at the water) past the boat launch and up the hill. Pass the orchards with the carved fence posts until you see the castle at the stop sign.
- Private Property. No Trespassing. (Call to verify)