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Giganticus Headicus on Route 66.

Giganticus Headicus

Field review by the editors.

Antares, Arizona

Just when we had convinced ourselves that nothing new was being built along Route 66 that didn't leech off of the reputation of Route 66, we came upon this thing.

"Giganticus Headicus" is its name, a half-buried, 14-foot-tall pseudo-tiki sculpted of metal, wood, chicken wire, styrofoam and cement, created in 2004 by Gregg Arnold, a migrant from New Jersey. It stands outside what was once the Kozy Corner Trailer Court. Arnold is remodeling the A-frame next door, the one with the giant robotic ants crawling up its outside wall.

Giganticus Headicus.

Other artworks on the property include a plywood sign shaped like a rocket ship, a windmill that uses 1950s furniture for blades, a painting of an astronaut with a cut-out hole for your face (apparently a retired photo op), and a pit filled with "baby rattlers" -- rattles for babies.

After 13 years of effort, Arnold was finally able to transform the A-frame into a gift shop selling miniatures of Giganticus Headicus in 2017. He wasn't around when we stopped by; maybe he was down in Kingman buying more art supplies. We sure hope so.

Giganticus Headicus

Route 66, Antares, AZ
17 miles north of I-40 exit 53, northeast corner, Route 66 and Antares Rd (formerly listed as in Walapai)
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