The lure of famous landmarks is irresistible. When I drove across the Golden Gate Bridge, I saw a large number of tourists with cameras in the rest area beside it. It did not seem to matter to them that haze partially obscured the view of the bridge. They were at one of the most famous bridges in the world!
That enthusiasm for experiencing something well-known and popular exists for other famous landmarks as well. For some people, however, visiting famous landmarks is not enough. They go one step further and build copies of them in their own towns. However, not all of these replicas of famous landmarks are exact duplicates. What I like about the replicas featured in this week’s post is that their creators added their own special twist to them, spicing up what would otherwise be dull viewing.
Eiffel Tower Replica – Paris, Texas
Texas Twisted notes that this Eiffel Tower replica was “erected by the Boiler Makers Local #902 in 1995.” With a height of 65 feet, it “was once billed as the ‘Second Largest Eiffel Tower in the Second Largest Paris.’” It lost this title a few years later when Tennessee relocated its 60-foot Eiffel Tower replica from Memphis to Paris, Tennessee, and builders added 10 feet to the Tennessee tower. (Tennessee eventually lost the title to Las Vegas when Las Vegas built a 540-foot replica of the Eiffel Tower along the Strip in 1999.)
Accepting defeat, the people of Paris, Texas, turned their energies elsewhere. Here is what they did according to Weird U.S.:
Rather than enter into an elevation race, the people of Lamar County decided instead to redeem themselves by making their landmark distinctly Texan. In 1998, a giant, red cowboy hat was bolted to the top of the tower. It was a blatant gimmick that many locals considered tres stupide, but it has certainly set Paris, Texas, apart from the others in a way that isn’t likely to be duplicated. Besides, it makes for a better postcard.
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Statue of Liberty Replicas
According to Wikipedia, “hundreds of smaller replicas of the Statue of Liberty have been created worldwide.” They can be found in a variety of settings such as parks, hotels, and building rooftops. The following replicas are from the United States. Some of these replicas stood out for me because of the use of unconventional color, style, and materials, while others presented an unusually fragmented view of Lady Liberty.
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Can you imagine being an unsuspecting bystander at the University of Wisconsin- Madison during the winter of 1979? I’m pretty sure seeing the Statue of Liberty sticking up from the iced-over Lake Mendota, Planet-of-the-Apes-style, would probably stop you dead in your tracks. It started as a joke: two students promised that if they were elected to student government, they would get the Statue of Liberty relocated to campus. And they held true to their word, but sadly, the helicopters bringing her in floundered just as they entered campus and dropped our dear Liberty into the lake. Whoops. The poor thing was set ablaze just a few days later, but she returned in a fireproof format the next year. She was relegated to a storage silo for the next 19 years or so, but just this winter the students dragged her out to the frozen lake again just for kicks. (Note: This article was written in 2009.)
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Copycat versions of Stonehenge have appeared (and disappeared) over the years. What would the builders of the original Stonehenge think of these replicas?
By Rodw at en.wikipedia [Public domain], from Wikimedia Commons
In case you do not know who Banksy is, here is a description from Wikipedia:
Banksy is a pseudonymous United Kingdom-based graffiti artist, political activist, film director, and painter.
His satirical street art and subversive epigrams combine dark humour with graffiti executed in a distinctive stencilling technique. Such artistic works of political and social commentary have been featured on streets, walls, and bridges of cities throughout the world.
Source: “Banksy” – Wikipedia
Carhenge takes car art to a new level. Here is a description of it from carhenge.com:
Carhenge, which replicates Stonehenge, consists of the circle of cars, 3 standing trilithons within the circle, the heel stone, slaughter stone, and 2 station stones and includes a “Car Art Preserve” with sculptures made from cars and parts of cars.
Located just north of Alliance, Nebraska, Carhenge is formed from vintage American automobiles, painted gray to replicate Stonehenge. Built by Jim Reinders as a memorial to his father, it was dedicated at the June 1987 summer solstice. – See more at: http://carhenge.com/#sthash.hP8EZlXo.dpuf
Source: Home page – carhenge.com
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In 2004, fiberglass sculptor Mark Cline of Enchanted Castle Studio created Foamhenge in Natural Bridge, Virginia. It is made completely out of foam. Cline paid careful attention to details so that Foamhenge would be an exact replica of the original Stonehenge. According to RoadsideAmerica.com, he “even consulted a local ‘psychic detective’ named Tom who has advised him on how to position Foamhenge so that it is astronomically correct.” When questioned about the durability of Foamhenge against the elements, Cline stated that “’it’s non-biodegradable so it might last longer than the original.’” As for the possibility of vandals ruining Foamhenge, Cline gave the following response:
“At some point we’ll cover it with stucco,” he says. “Until then I’m only five minutes down the road with a paintbrush and sandpaper. I’m here to baby sit it.”
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Photo by Ben Schumin via Wikimedia Commons
By Me (Self-photographed) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons
Two other noteworthy Stonehenge replicas are Fridgehenge and Phonehenge. Fridgehenge was a Stonehenge replica made out of refrigerators that was located in Santa Fe, New Mexico. I refer to it in the past tense because it no longer exists. Phonehenge is a Stonehenge replica made out of those old-fashioned red British phone booths. It is part of a rock-and-roll amusement park called Freestyle Music Park near Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.
I could not find public domain or Creative Commons images of these replicas, so here are some links to articles that provide both pictures and more information about them: