That Was Weird
a few weird and wonderful animals found in Georgia.
In Georgia, we love our animals. In some cases, the bigger the
Nothing says, "I love
hasenpfeffer" like a 20' bunny statue. Rabbittown, Georgia,
is the home of this friendly hare who waves at the motorists passing
by on Old Cornelia Highway. This Southern cousin of Bugs Bunny
hopped up on his perch in 1993. At Easter time, he often sports
a giant basket. During the 1996 Atlanta Olympics, he proudly held
an Olympic torch.
A Good Story!
In 2003, artist Bill Sunderland
created this sculpture from a 22-ton piece of marble and donated
it to Pickens County. The statue, titled "Learning is Fun,"
shows a young boy reading to 11 intrigued animals. This great
work of art is on view in front of the Pickens County Courthouse
in Jasper, Georgia.
Roy Rogers and Trigger
Come to Buford!
Buford, Georgia, was the
home of The Bona Allen Tannery Company. It was known as "Leather
City," and during Hollywood's golden age of Westerns, it
was one of the leading suppliers of leather boots, saddles, and
Roy Rogers and Gene Autry
brought their horses to Buford by railcar to have them personally
fitted for saddles. The crew from the TV series Bonanza also had
custom-made saddles from Buford.
In 2006, a statue depicting
Roy Rogers, Trigger, and saddle maker Jack Johnson was unveiled
across the street of the Tannery Row building in Buford. The statue
was created by artist Vic McCallum, and is titled "American
Beware of gifts from foreign
dictators. In 1929, Italian dictator Benito Mussolini presented
a replica of the famous statue, "Capitoline Wolf," to
the city of Rome, Georgia.
The statue features Romulus
and Remus and the she-wolf who rescued them. Since naked babies
nursing from a wolf isn't something you see every day, many people
were offended by statue. However, city fathers did not remove
the statue until 1940 when Italy declared war on the Allies. It
remained hidden away until 1952. It stands today on its pedestal
in front of the Rome, Georgia, City Hall.
Let The Dawgs Out”
In the tradition of Cow Parade
and Trail of The Painted Ponies, the city of Athens, Georgia,
presents 3 dozen bull-dawgs standing guard in and about
the city. Since Athens is the home of the University of Georgia's
Bulldogs, these dawgs were the perfect choice for the
artists' canvas. The link above gives a map to the location of
each one of these "cute" pups.
In the Buckhead Community
of Atlanta, the Buck Man (who is officially named The Story Teller)
can be found sitting on a log in a small park. With a small bunny
by his side, the half-man, half-buck creature tells the history
of Buckhead to a gathering of dogs and turtles. Apparently, the
turtles are not enjoying the lesson for they are spewing water
from their mouths. (Everyone's a critic.) However, the dogs seem
entranced by his story.
Atlanta is the home of the
world's largest aquarium, so it's only natural that it is also
where you'll find the largest fish sculpture in the world.
In Buckhead, a 65-foot copper
salmon towers over the Atlanta Fish Market restaurant. (There
is no connection between the aquarium and the restaurant; just
a happy coincidence that they are both here.)
The One That Got Away
Hill of Fame
In the little hamlet of Ellijay,
there is a world famous hill where hundreds of pigs of every size,
shape, and pigment gather.
These perky porkers have
become the darlings of politicians in search of an unusual photo-op.
But don't be disgruntled if politics aren't your thing. Poole's
has fans all over the world who squeal with delight over their
Once Upon A Time...
Once upon a time, brave St.
George went to battle with a mighty dragon. The dragon, made of
chrome bumpers and soup spoons, among other metallic items, had
a wing span of 23 feet.
For years, the knight and
the dragon engaged in combat on Terrell Mill Road in Cobb County.
Alas, St. George and the
Dragon had disappeared by 2005, their final battle story never
told. We bid them a fond farewell, wherever they may be.
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