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Silver Spring, Maryland - Metal Earth Globe
A large metal replica of the Earth has the capability of spinning. Sometimes they decorate the globe for special occasions.[Uncustomary Art, 10/28/2014]
The globe was built at the entrance to Leisure World, a retirement community, in 1966. It's 40 feet tall and weighs two tons. It bears a strong resemblance to the Unisphere in New York City, which is 100 feet taller.
- Rossmoor Blvd, Silver Spring, MD
- On the southeast corner of Rossmoor Blvd and Hwy 97/Georgia Ave. Park in the Leisure World Plaza shopping center lot on the north side of Rossmoor.
Almont, Michigan - Big Steer and Cool Moose
The Big Steer is still there, and they've added "Cool Moose," a sculpture splayed on the roof of a PT Cruiser.[Kate B, 10/28/2014]
As an advertising vehicle for Country Smoke House, the car top moose seems to be enjoying the ride.
Country Smoke House
- 3294 Van Dyke Rd, Almont, MI
- Country Smoke House. Three miles north of town, or two miles south of I-69 exit 168. On the west side of Hwy 53/Van Dyke Rd.
- Fort Worth, Texas - Christian Arts Museum Last Supper
The Christian Arts Museum's life-size wax figures of The Last Supper are very real in appearance. From what I understand there are only three of these displays left from six originals. Other Christian art is also on display that is worth seeing. I was told that starting the day after Thanksgiving the museum will display Nativity scenes from around the world.[D Geer, 10/28/2014]
Praised for its detail, this particular wax Last Supper was first displayed in Texas in the 1950s.
Christian Arts Museum
- 3221 Hamilton Ave., Fort Worth, TX
- In the Christian Arts Museum, at the corner of Hamilton and Bailey Aves, on the north edge of the city's cultural district. The museum entrance is on Bailey.
- W-Sa 10 am - 3 pm or by appt. (Call to verify)
Davis, California - Stan the Submerging Man - Replaced by a Pyramid
Stan the Submerging Man is gone. However there is a pyramid in its place.[Stephanie, 10/28/2014]
Interesting that both sculptures have old compact disks as part of their "skin." Unless Stan is a Transformer, it appears he's been replaced by a different piece of temporary public art.
- 521 1st St., Davis, CA
- South edge of town, just off I-80 exits 72 or 72B. In front of the John Natsoulas Gallery, on the northwest corner of 1st and E Sts.
Sacramento, California - Unclaimed Baggage
In the baggage claim area of the Sacramento airport, there are two carts filled with baggage piled high clear to the ceiling.[teamReames, 10/28/2014]
Sacramento International Airport
- Airport Blvd., Sacramento, CA
- Sacramento International Airport. NW of town, I-5 Exit 528 to airport parking. In the terminal baggage claim area.
- May be temporary exhibit.