Colossus of Roads
Myth and Symbol Along the American Highway
ISBN10: 0816636729 ISBN13: 9780816636723 Contributors: Harrison, Liz (Photographer); White, Bruce (Photographer) Publisher: Univ of Minnesota Pr Published: Aug 1 2000 Weight: 0.50lbs. Height: 8.75" Width: 5.75" Depth: 0.25" Language: English
Where can one find the world's largest prairie chicken, a restaurant shaped like a fish, a massive Paul Bunyan, or an enormous ear of corn? Roadside sculpture is a uniquely American phenomenon and these strange and wonderful figures can be found scattered along highways and standing in small-town squares, particularly in the Midwest.
These odd and oversized attractions have become destinations for travelers. Whether it serves art, commerce, or local pride, the colossus is always a place in itself, a stopping place where the everyday rules of reality are suspended and the observer can gain insight into the way these communities imagine themselves.
Karal Ann Marling visits dozens of these roadside attractions, viewing them analytically, intellectually, and enthusiastically, tracing each one through folklore and literature. Heavily illustrated, this book takes the reader on the road to examine these treasures and all that they represent.