Lady Liberty is the symbol of all that America is supposed to stand for and a constant reminder that there is no true democracy unless all citizens are free and share the same basic human rights. While many are unaware that this beloved statue, standing 152 feet tall, came from the French, it is a reminder of how the concept of freedom is an international goal, not just a national one.
This next lady resides in Butte, Montana, where the Continental Divide is located. The image of the Virgin Mary stands, illuminated, at an impressive 90 feet high, weighing over 80 tons. It’s the ideal landmark to witness up close and personal during the Montana starry night skies.
The Golden Driller is a symbol of man’s quest for black gold, also known as oil, during the great oil rush of the south. He is the epitome of American entrepreneurship and what the southern man looked like back in the 40’s and 50’s. He is cast in brass and stands 40 feet tall. This statue was so popular that two more of his kind was built years later.
The tallest statue of Jesus in North America and the 3rd tallest one in the world. This massive image of Christ stands 67 feet tall on top of a 1,500 foot mountain. This elevation falls just under the law that requires the incorporation of a flashing beacon to caution pilots. Needless to say, that addition would have been a bit jarring for observers.
The second largest statue in America of Jesus is the Lux Mundi, or “Light of the World” in Latin. Standing at 52 feet at the Solid Rock Church, this state is a recent addition to their property after suffering a loss of their previous statue in 2010 when lightning struck and compromised its integrity.
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.