Big things are all over the world (and so are big silly things).
From Mac the Moose who overlooks the Trans-Canada Highway at Moose Jaw to the world’s largest buffalo and paper clip, largeness appears to be in, and little is well, out.
Check out some of these big things and their even bigger details, but resist the urge to stand even taller.
Let’s begin with the most-photographed icon of them all, enormous Mac the Moose. Next month, the 32-foot tall, photogenic critter that overlooks the Trans-Canada Highway at Moose Jaw will celebrate his 25th birthday. (Will they ever find a cake and candles big enough for that party?) Mac towers over all others of his ilk, including a contender to the throne from Hudson Bay, Millennium Moose, who is about one-third his size.
There is one rival to his title as the biggest moose in the world, and Mac is not at all happy to learn about Sweden’s plans for a wooden moose named Stoorn, who when complete, would be no less than five times Mac’s height!
To add insult to Mac’s probable injury, this new moose is expected to contain a 350-seat concert hall, a restaurant in its belly, and a lookout platform on its antlers! Until this 10 million dollar investment high atop Vithatten Mountain is finished, Mac the Moose still reigns as the biggest moose in the free world.
Kipling, Saskatchewan, is the home of the world’s second largest paper clip. This red number is more than 15 feet long, and there is only one that is longer. Standing proud and tall at 22 ½ feet in Oslo, Norway, which is the city where in 1899, the office gadget was invented by Johan Vaaler Unfazed. This paper clip has deep significance in Norway as during the Second World War, it was worn on the lapel as a symbol of resistance. Still in perfect one-up-manship, Kipling offers a Red Paper Clip Festival, which is held annually and it still claims to be the biggest albeit red paper clip in the world.
The biggest roadside bust of a native-American may well be Indian Head’s 10-foot-tall statue, which was officially unveiled in August of 1985. Designed by Don Foulds of Saskatoon, SK, at a cost of $12,750, the Indian stands 18 feet high (the head itself is 10 feet tall), its base is 8 feet and it weighs approximately 3,500 pounds. It is constructed from metal pipe, metal mesh and cement. If it looks familiar to you it may be because this statue has appeared in numerous television commercials.
Giant Indian heads are matched by giant creatures of nature such as the new 50-foot-long steel grasshopper near Regent, North Dakota. This oddity, which is set in a wheat field, is one of several giant animals constructed from metal taken from four oil-field oil tanks along a 32-mile stretch of road known as the Enchanted Highway. (Talk about taking lemons and making lemonade!)
This insect caused much damage to the crops and vegetation of the region over the years. But like most pancakes, this issue has two sides, and it was specifically the damage these grasshoppers did that forced the farmers of this region to find alternate crops. It took one complete winter to complete the task of creating the largest one hopper, which is 40 feet tall and 50 feet long and its two medium-sized friends, which stand at 12 feet by 15 feet.
Ernie the Turtle is another creation by Don Foulds. He was built in 1983 and can be seen in Turtleford, Saskatchewan (in fact, it is hard to miss him). He is Canada’s largest turtle with an impressive eight-foot peak at the crest of his shell. There’s only one bigger in the world and that one is known as W’eel the Turtle in Dunseith, North Dakota. He stands forty feet high and was built totally from scrap wheel rims.
Any other large attractions you’ve heard about or run into?