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Natural Bridge, Virginia: King Kong Crushing Airplane

14 feet tall, King Kong stood at the Pink Cadillac Diner for years before moving to Dinosaur Kingdom II. Mark Cline says he made the big ape as part of a local zoning protest.

Dinosaur Kingdom II

5781 S. Lee Hwy, Natural Bridge, VA
Dinosaur Kingdom II. I-81 exit 180 or 180A. Drive south on US Hwy 11/Lee Hwy for a little over two miles. On the left, across the road from Natural Bridge Zoo.
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King Kong Crushing Airplane

The King Kong statue is now outside of Dinosaur Kingdom with other Mark Cline statues!

[Madison, 07/22/2017]
Pink Cadillac Restaurant

Both King Kong and Humpty Dumpty are still missing. The pink Cadillac is looking a little run down. We didn't go in to eat, so I'm not sure what the inside is like.

[Vince Kranz, 12/02/2014]

Kong and Dumpty were removed in 2012 when creator Mark Cline featured them in his first art show. Kong currently stands about a mile from the diner, in the yard of Cline's Enchanted Castle studio.

King Kong.

King Kong Crushing Airplane

The King Kong isn't at the Pink Cadillac anymore. Upon further exploration we found King Kong had moved behind the fence at Enchanted Castle Studios.

[Rae, 10/22/2014]
Pink Cadillac Diner

Gorilla with biplane is temporarily on top of a building in Roanoke. Waitress didn't know which building. Humpty Dumpty is no longer there either.

[Jaybeeyell, 05/26/2012]

The King Kong was moved to the Taubman Museum of Art in Roanoke, where artist Mark Cline had a temporary exhibition of his madcap work early in 2012. We hope Kong returns soon.

King Kong.

King Kong Crushing Airplane

Is actually exit 180-B, but the Pink Cadillac Diner is adorable. Food was good, cheap, and service was great.

[Sarah, 08/09/2011]

Nearby Offbeat Places

Natural Bridge Zoo Elephant RidesNatural Bridge Zoo Elephant Rides, Natural Bridge, VA - < 1 mi.
George Washington's Initials and Light ShowGeorge Washington's Initials and Light Show, Natural Bridge, VA - 1 mi.
Enchanted Castle StudiosEnchanted Castle Studios, Natural Bridge, VA - 2 mi.
In the region:
Building Shaped Like a Coffee Pot, Lexington, VA - 11 mi.

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