The symbol of vegetables, the mascot of the canning company, Jolly Green’s statue in Minnesota is a favorite among tourists and local residents. He’s nearly 56 feet tall, jutting out above the highways, welcoming travelers to Blue Earth. A local radio host has helped launch his fame from a radio show he hosted in which tourists would try the various canned vegetables and ask where the Jolly Green Giant came from.
After a major renovation at the Dallas Zoo, designers decided to erect a massive giraffe statue to grab the attention of all passersby's traveling along the interstate. They went for the top prize of Texas, capturing the title of the “tallest statue in Texas” at an impressive 67 feet tall. They needed to get creative in order to reach that milestone, at the last minute they added a single blade of grass to the metal sculpture to put them over the record.
Lucy is hard to miss if you’re in the area of Margate city. At over six stories tall and 90 tons, she’s a lot of elephant and rightful owner to the title of the world’s largest elephant. At one point, Lucy the Elephant was a host of a bar, a real estate office, and even someone’s vacation home.
While the sight of the Vulcan statue may be a bit unusual while driving down the highway in Birmingham, Alabama, it is a beloved symbol of strength by the local iron industry. This massive iron statue is the largest of its kind in the whole world, weighing in at 51 tons and towering over 56 feet tall.
From the tallest Jesus statues to the tallest iron statues, the Hiawatha statue in Michigan is the world’s tallest Native-American statue. The 52 feet of steelwork and fiberglass engineering weighs in at a stunning 16,000 pounds. It was made in 1964 and weathered the storm over the years. In 2004 it was renovated and celebrated with the revival of the Hiawatha festival to emphasize the importance of carrying on the tribe’s native culture and traditions.