Other Giant Things (page 4)

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Spade [gone]
various locations, England
Indianapolis, IN
Carmel, IN
This giant Spade was 10 1/2 feet tall and was created in 2005. It toured around England as a promotional device for Joseph Bentley Garden Tools. It was then sold on eBay. [photos thanks to Ian Cross]

These Trowels stand in front of two of Habig's Garden Center locations. [Indianapolis map]; [Carmel map]

Fountain Pen
Washington, DC
Fountain Pen Nib
Roseburg, OR
Pencil [gone]
Pittsburgh, PA

Wytheville, VA
Ocala, FL
Mount Dora, FL
Pocatello, ID
Denver, CO
Pencil [gone]
Portland, OR
Pencil [gone]
Columbus, OH
Atlanta, GA
Pencil [gone]
Pacific Grove, CA
Spokane, WA
Pencil [gone]
Centralia, WA
The Fountain Pen is part of the sign over the entrance to Fahrney's Pens. The business was founded in 1929. [map]

The Fountain Pen Nib is located at Roseburg Book & Stationery which was established in 1910. This sign and maybe the Nib are probably from the 1960s. [map]

The Pencil in Pittsburgh stood at the entrance to the Top Notch Art Centre. I believe it had been here since the late 1990s. The business closed in 2019. In 2020, the storefront was remodeled and the Pencil was gone.

The Pencil in Wytheville is made of steel and is 30 feet tall. It was created in the late 1950s. The owner of Wytheville Office Supply wanted to set an example and get other businesses to build oversized things but they never did. There was a giant pair of scissors in front of a barber shop at one time. A giant paint can was installed in the 1990s a block away. [map]

The Pencil in Ocala is integrated into the sign for the Executive Plaza shopping center. It has been there since at least 2007. [map]

The Pencil in Mount Dora has supported a billboard sign for Charlie Johnson Builder since 1980. [map]

The Pencil in Pocatello was installed on the roof of Bangs Stationers. The company was established by 1945 but I don't know if they were always at this location or when the Pencil was installed. In 2009, Bangs merged with Porter's Office Products and the name on the front-facing sign was changed. For more, see these websites: 1 and 2. [map]

This former smokestack in Denver was painted to look like a Pencil in 2013. [map]

The Pencil in Portland served as a sign for the Office Supply Co. This photo is from 2008. By 2014, the Pencil was gone. For more, see this website.

The Pencil in Columbus was located at Graham Office Supply. This store has been here since 1952 but I don't know how old the revolving pencil was. This photo is from 2010. By 2014, the Pencil was gone.

The Pencil in Atlanta was built in 1999. It is 14 feet tall and made of fiberglass. It was installed in front of Grady High School. It was removed in 2019 for restoration. For more, see this website.

The Pencil in Pacific Grove was located above the entrance of Alpha Stationers. It was installed sometime after 2011. This photo is from 2015. By 2018, the store had closed and the Pencil was gone.

The Pencil in Spokane is about 12 feet tall. It is installed in front of the Quinn Group, an advertising agency. It has been there since at least 2007. [map]

The Pencil in Centralia is located in front of the Freeman Center. It was built in 2012 by Steve Freeman, the owner of the tutoring business. The Pencil is 24 feet tall. It was made from recycled cedar. The tip is made of metal while the eraser is made from rubber. It was restored in 2014. This photo is from 2015. In 2018, the Pencil was removed. It will supposedly be displayed in a "nearby community" in the future.

More Pen Nibs:
Tiffin, IA

More Pencils:
Casey, IL
Ellettsville, IN [map]
West Lafayette, IN
Boston, MA
Baltimore, MD [map]
Minneapolis, MN
St. Louis, MO
Akron, OH
Cleveland, OH
Rochester, NY
Wysox, PA
Shelburne, VT
Menasha, WI
Bracebridge, ON

Easton, PA
Winnie, TX
Crayons & Pencil
Downey, CA
Paint Brush [gone]
San Andreas, CA
Art Ellis Supply Inc. [gone]
Sacramento, CA
The box of Crayons in Easton hovers over the entrance of the Crayola Factory. This crayon box has been here since 1996 when the Factory opened. There is another giant crayon inside. For more, see this website. [map]

The box of Crayons in Winnie is installed in front of the East Chambers Elementary School. [map]

These Crayons & Pencil are installed in front of Imperial Elementary School. They have been there since at least 2011. [map]

The Paint Brush was installed on the awning of the Calaveras Arts Council Gallery Store. This photo is from 2014. The Paint Brush was gone by 2018.

Art Ellis Supply Inc., an art supply store, opened in 1948. This sign appeared to be from the 1960s or 1970s. The store closed in 2014. The palette was gone by 2016 and the paintbrush was painted black. The sign was removed in 2017.

More Crayons:
Cortland, OH

More Paint Brushes:
Owensboro, KY

Paint Tubes:
Graham, NC

Paint Cans

Sprayer [gone]
Rochester, NY
Paper Clip
Spanish Fort, AL
Safety Pin
Marietta, GA
Rubber Stamp
St. Joseph, MO
This giant Paint Sprayer was located at Lou Fico's Repair & Refinish Collision. This photo is from 2010. By 2014, the building had been demolished and the Paint Sprayer was gone.

This Paper Clip is 14 feet tall. It was designed by Barry Booth and built by Casey Downing Jr. It was installed in 1993 as a symbol that the city was "open for business." The Paper Clip holds a triangular white flag with Spanish Fort's official seal. [map]

This 15-foot-tall Safety Pin was installed in 2014 at Life University, a chiropractic college. According to the school's website, the safety pin "remains open as a daily reminder of our commitment to educate and care for the world by correcting nervous system interference through our chosen disciplines."

This Rubber Stamp is installed on the roof of Midwest Office Supply. I believe this business was established in the late 1950s. [map]

An even larger rubber stamp can be found in Cleveland, OH.

More Paint Sprayers:
Cocoa, FL

Igloo Cooler
Katy, TX
The Igloo Cooler is used as a security guard office in the parking lot at Igloo Products' headquarters. [map]

Olympia, WA
Columbus, OH
Springville, UT
The Gavel in Olympia was installed in 1958 when this motel opened as the Golden Gavel Motor Hotel. Around 2001, it became the Olympia Inn but this gavel which is about 5 feet long remains. [map]

The Gavel in Columbus is located next to the Ohio Supreme Court Building. The stainless-steel sculpture was created by Andrew Scott and installed in 2008. The gavel is 30 feet long and 13 feet tall. [map]

The Gavel in Springville was installed at the Gavel Store around 2006. It is about 14 feet long. [map]

More Gavels:
Marshall, IL

Hammer [gone]
Toledo, OH
Building Center
Eureka, CA
Rio Rancho
True Value Hardware
Rio Rancho, NM
Valley Roofing
McAllen, TX
Hammer & Saw
Kearney, NE
This Hammer in Toledo served as a sign for Fleeger's Pro Hardware. This photo is from 2009. By 2011, the store had closed and the hammer was gone.

The Pierson Building Center was established in 1962. The business moved to this building in 1971. This 26-foot-tall sign was built in 1991. [map]

The Rio Rancho True Value Hardware hammer sign has been there since at least 2007. [map]

The McAllen Valley Roofing hammer sign was installed sometime between 2011 and 2015. [map]

The Hammer & Saw was installed in front of RW Sorenson Construction around 2009. [map]

Healdsburg, CA
This Hammer was created by Doug Unkrey and is installed next to the Healdsburg Community Center in 2018. The hammer was stolen later that year. The head was recovered in 2019 but the 21-foot-long, redwood handle had to be recreated. These photos are from 2022. The sculpture is on loan from the Voigt Family Sculpture Foundation. [map]

Hammer & Nail
San Francisco, CA
Colorado Springs, CO

The Hammer & Nail in San Francisco are installed on top of the Roberts Hardware sign. They have been there since at least 2007. [map]

This sheet metal Hammer in Colorado Springs was built in 2019 by Concrete Couch with volunteers. [map]

More Hammers:
Haines, AK
Fort Washington, MD [gone]
Brooklyn, NY
Danville, VT [map]
Fraco, QC

Last Spike
Deer Lodge, MT
The 11-foot-tall Last Spike was carved from a log and originally installed in Utah. It's not clear when it was built but it commemorated the last spike that was driven into the Puget Sound extension of the Chicago, Milwaukee, St. Paul and Pacific Railroad in 1909. In 1981, the giant spike and sign panels were moved to Deer Lodge and put in storage. In 2003, the giant spike and signs were restored and put on display. [map]

Giant Saw [gone]
Lafayette, LA
Giant Saw
Gainesville, FL
This Giant Saw in Lafayette was located in front of Builders Best Tools and Fasteners. It had been there since at least 2008. This photo is from 2019. By 2020, the sign was gone and the Saw was installed much closed to the ground. By 2022, the Saw was gone.

This Giant Saw in Gainesville was installed on the roof of University Ace Hardware around 2013. The store opened in 1972 as Zell's Hardware. It became an Ace Hardware in 2015. [map]

Giant Toolbox
La Porte, TX
Giant Chainsaw
Candor, NY
This Giant Toolbox houses La Porte Tool Box. The 1950s building originally housed a bar. In 2011, it was adapted for this hardware store. There were plans for a handle on the roof but, apparently, that didn't happen. This photo is from 2018. [map]

This Giant Chainsaw is installed at 99 Power & Paddle. The kayak below it is actual size. [map]

More Saws:
Hearst, ON

Tonopah, NV
Pliers with Bug
Vining, MN
Plumbing Wrench
Union, OR
Fort Myers, FL
Pueblo, CO
Giant Nut, Bolt & Key
Amarillo, TX
This giant Pickaxe is installed in front of the Tonopah Brewing Company which opened in 2014. [map]

This pair of Pliers with Bug was created by Ken Nyberg from scrap iron. The sculpture is 14 feet tall. It is located at Nyberg Park. [map]

This Plumbing Wrench is located at the Hometown Hardware Store. It appears to be made of wood and was installed sometime after 2012. This photo is from 2016. [map]

The Wrench in Fort Myers is part of the Scotty's Auto sign. It was built around 2011. [map]

The Wrench in Pueblo was installed at Geared Up Auto Care around 2016. [map]

The Giant Nut, Bolt & Key sculpture is installed next to the former Big A Bolts. It has been there since at least 2008. [map]

More Axes:
Cheboygan, MI [map]
Libby, MT
Virginia Beach, VA [gone]
Brule, WI
Nackawic, NB

More Wrenches:
Caldwell, ID
Fenton, MI
Branson, MO
Seattle, WA

Giant Chainsaw:
Hamilton, OH

More Keys:
Casey, IL
St. Louis, MO [vintage; gone]

Scissors [gone]
Woodland Hills, CA
Crescent City, CA
This pair of Scissors in Woodland Hills was installed on the Wella Corporation building. Wella produces hair and beauty products. By 2018, the company and the Scissors were gone.

This pair of Scissors in Crescent Studio is installed on the roof of Kim's Hair Studio. They have been there since at least 2007. The blades may have been motorized to open and close. [map]

Rock, Paper, and Scissors
Los Altos, CA
This Rock, Paper, and Scissors sculpture is entitled "Conversation Peace." It was created by Kevin Box and donated to the City in 2016. It is installed in to courtyard of the Los Altos Community Center.

Venus Hair
Houston, TX
Dental Tools
Spanish Fort, AL
Venus Hair opened in 1978. Since at least 2008, the statue of Venus di Milo and the giant curler and comb have decorated the top of the building. Around 2015, the giant scissors were added. [map]

These Dental Tools are 16 feet long. They were installed next to dentist Barry Both's office in 2006. The stainless-steel sculpture was commissioned as a tribute to the University of Alabama School of Dentistry which Booth attended. The sculpture is entitled "Piknmera," a reference to the dental pick and mirror. [map]

More Scissors:
Durham, NC
Henrico, VA

More Combs:
Indianapolis, IN

Giant Blow Dryer:
Fayetteville, NC

Columbus, OH
Belleview, FL
West Fargo, ND
Toothbrush and Toothpaste
Oklahoma City, OK
This Dragonbrush sculpture was created in 2005 and installed at the Bourgeois Family Dental Center. [map]

This Toothbrush in Belleview was added to the Belleview Dental Center sign sometime after 2019. There is also a tooth-shaped mailbox here. [map]

This 25-foot-tall Toothbrush in West Fargo serves as a sign pole for Crossroads Dental. It was installed in 2019. [map]

This giant Toothbrush and Toothpaste in Okalhoma City is installed in front of Small World Pediatric Dentistry. They have been there since at least 2007. [map]

More Toothbrushes:
Franklin Park, IL
Irvington, VA [map]

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