On a recent trip home from Texas in November 2012, we made our way through Gainesville. While there, we decided to take a small diversion to go see Glen Goode’s Big People, some large fiberglass statues on the side of the road.
Just about 4 years ago I took a drive through Algonquin National Park in Ontario. On the trip we also headed west into Burk’s Falls to visit the famed “Screaming Heads” and Midlothian Castle. This was a fascinating trip.
This entire project was begun by school teacher and artist Peter Camani. He is a Secondary School teacher, but has also spent over 25 years constructing Monolith-like sculptures in the shape of giant heads, which are scattered throughout the property. A two-headed dragon sits atop the chimney of his Midlothian Castle and he has a version of the See/Say/Hear No Evils greet visitors. There are more than a hundred “screaming head” sculptures, each one at least 20 feet in height. According to Wikipedia, Camani says he “built his otherworldly creations as a warning about environmental degradation. With his paintings already hanging in such coveted places as the Vatican and Buckingham Palace,he decided to focus his energy on realizing a vision of significantly larger proportions.”
Without further explanation, here is a smattering of some of the photos I took while visiting back there in late September, 2008.
This blog entry not only includes a unique name of a town, but is now introducing the second theme of this blog…the big statues and unusual sites along the road.
Metropolis is the home of the Giant Superman Statue – a 200 foot tall statue of the Man of Steel.
Funny thing is, as I drove into this town, the first big statue I saw was in front of a grocery store and was NOT the Giant Superman Statue!!
The town is really all about Superman.