Houston – May 2019 – Lucky Land

As you make your way down Airline Drive in Houston, passing by signs in Spanish for restaurants, shops and auto repair facilities, the last thing you would expect to see is two acres of some of the best Asian themed photo ops around.

Lucky Land in Houston is this Asian themed attraction that is a visual overload. Nida Lee is a flea market owner who bought, among other things, a former attraction known as Forbidden Gardens and moved the collection to her flea market. The results are a photographers dream – resulting is a long posting!




The park is set up in various villages, including Panda Village. These life size statues are scattered amongst the landscaping in various poses.




The landscaping and artwork throughout is well done, and very colorful.











There are statues scattered everywhere in the park.











One of the highlights is the large scale near perfect replica of the Terra Cotta Army of China. This alone is worth the trip!








Along the perimeter they have some larger size statues of the soldiers.





Their collection of miniature villages complete with people is extensive as well.








The visual buffet continues….







The Happy Buddha – note the smaller one’s belly has been rubbed for good luck so much the finish is worn off.



Just when you think you are done, you find this section with transformer like sculptures.





Lucky Land has to be one of the best places we have seen for a ‘Roadside America’ type attraction. It is well done, well kept and thoroughly entertaining.






Hickory Corners, Michigan – September 2018 – Midwest Miniatures

Just northeast of the city of Kalamzoo, Michigan is Midwest Miniatures. Located on the grounds of the Gilmore Car Museum (more on this later), Midwest Miniatures features numerous miniature houses, roomboxes and vinettes, most in 1:12 scale.

2018 09 03 583 Hickory Corners MI Midwest Miniatures.jpg

 

 

The details are amazing. The display below is the size of a small doll house.

2018 09 03 563 Hickory Corners MI Midwest Miniatures.jpg

 

 

But when you zoom in you see the detail of the individual quilts – in this case tiny pieces of paper towels printed to look like quilts.

2018 09 03 536 Hickory Corners MI Midwest Miniatures.jpg

 

 

Each vignette has a scene from a house or business. The dog in this display is about 1/8″.

2018 09 03 537 Hickory Corners MI Midwest Miniatures.jpg

 

 

In keeping with the car museum theme, they have a garage. Notice the very tiny cans of oil on the shelves.

2018 09 03 539 Hickory Corners MI Midwest Miniatures.jpg

 

 

There is a series of antique health care settings.

2018 09 03 555 Hickory Corners MI Midwest Miniatures.jpg

 

 

An obstetrician.

2018 09 03 556 Hickory Corners MI Midwest Miniatures.jpg

 

 

A florists truck with bundles of flowers.

2018 09 03 559 Hickory Corners MI Midwest Miniatures.jpg

 

 

By panning back you can see the size compared to the table and windows of the room.

2018 09 03 569 Hickory Corners MI Midwest Miniatures.jpg

 

 

The Kellogg Manor House – miniature

2018 09 03 574 Hickory Corners MI Midwest Miniatures.jpg

 

 

Nearby is the real thing.

2018 09 03 607 Battle Creek MI Kellogg House.jpg

 

 

 

Working on a quilt.

2018 09 03 576 Hickory Corners MI Midwest Miniatures.jpg

 

 

 

A final stop at the nursery.

2018 09 03 596 Hickory Corners MI Midwest Miniatures.jpg