Casey, Illinois – October 2017 – World’s Biggest Little Town

The small town of Casey, Illinois is about 30 miles west of the Indiana border along I-70, in other words in the middle of nowhere.

Given that I-70 is a major east-west interstate thousands of cars travel along the road each day usually only getting off the interstate for gas or lunch. Casey decided that they could attract some people to get off in their town by having a collection of the ‘Worlds Largest’ things.

It must work because we were there just before sundown and of the 10 cars along Main Street we saw license plates from Maine, Kansas, Pennsylvnia, Texas and California.

Strangely they all had biblical saying on them, which only added to the weirdness of it all. God must like things supersized in mid America.

First up – a wind chime (it does chime)

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A rocker

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Birdcage

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Mailbox

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A pencil

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Top

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A golf tee at the local country club. They must have really large balls in Casey.

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A pitchfork

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Delaware, Ohio – October 2017 – Can’t Be Bored at a Gourd Show

The Delaware County Fairgrounds in Ohio was the host for the annual Gourd Show. Apparently a lot of people like making art out of gourds. With the results it is obvious there are some skilled gourd-artist around.

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There was also entertainment. While we were there a band called the ‘Rum River Blend’ played a mix of acoustic rock, bluegrass and folk. Their fiddle player, Carl, was 95 years old (he was the 1948 Ohio Fiddle Champion)!

Let’s give it up for Carl!

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Columbus – October 2017 – Chalk Art

Easton is a very large ‘lifestyle center’ in Northeast Columbus. A lifestyle center is a shopping area built to resemble an actual town, with streets going through the shops, apartments and other less traditional mall features.

On Saturday they had a chalk art contest. We arrived early on Sunday morning before the stores (and therefore the people) arrived, giving plenty of opportunity for unobstructed views of the final work. The early morning shadows, however, proved to be tricky.

The art itself was excellent, with a variety of subjects and approaches to style.

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Cleveland – September 2017 – Lego Convention

The new downtown Cleveland Convention Center was the site of a Lego fan convention called BrickUniverse. This show featured a number of Lego artists, as well as vendors with a large collection of specialty pieces.

As we entered the hall we were greeted by Jonathan Lopes, who had a number of very large pieces. Jonathan, a San Diego resident who used to live in Brooklyn, which was featured extensively in his grouping.

 

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Nearby was Lia Chan who specialized in Air & Space.

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There were a number of ‘paintings’ made of Lego throughout the exhibit. The detail was amazing.

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A 12′ long model of the USS Missouri had thousands of small sailors, as well as the table and dignitaries that signed the surrender terms ending World War II.

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Displayed nearby was a large collection of famed military leaders.

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Eventually I pulled out the zoom to get close ups.

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The tallest building in Cleveland is the nearly 1000′ high Key Tower. For this show King Kong was on top.

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The Eiffel Tower.

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Another of Lia’s pieces up close showing the details.

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The Moulin Rouge complete with Can Can Dancers.

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Finally a close up of Jonathan’s Woolworth Building, showing the amazing detail on the cornices.

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Vancouver – September 2017 – Museum of Anthropology

The University of British Columbia in Vancouver is the home of the Museum of Anthropology. This museum is known for it’s extensive collection of world arts and cultures, but mostly for it’s First Nation (Native Canadian) collection.

Words don’t do justice to how impressive they are.

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Columbus – July 2017 – Ohio State Fair

The Ohio State Fairgrounds has been at the same location since 1886, when the land was north of town. Now it is in the  middle of the city, between Ohio State University and some inner city neighborhoods, along the flight path for the airport.

It is in this setting that each year thousands of Ohio youth (and adults) bring their prized animals for show.  Nothing like a morning in Columbus with about 1000 rooster cackling, airplanes blasting over, and the smell of 1000 fried food stands. Still it seems to have become an annual event for photography.

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In addition to the animals there is the always fascinating ‘butter sculpture’. Imagine the cholesterol.

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Also featured are crafts.

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Prize winning cake.

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Throughout the midway are rides, and other attractions including the ‘Wild Monkeys’ show.

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