Michelle Cassidy's User Profile - Atlas Obscura
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Denver, Colorado

Big Blue Bear

Overlooking the Colorado Convention Center is this giant sculpture made from thousands of triangles.
Bloomington, Minnesota

The Mall of America

Equal parts record-breaking temple to consumerism and bizarre fun park, it's more than you think it is...
St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands

Blackbeard's Castle

Rumored to be the famed pirate's lookout tower, this historic stone structure is now just watching for tourists.
Savannah, Georgia

Jen Library Bee

You’ve heard of bookworms, but this small sculpture at a university library may be the world’s first bookbee.
Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Renaissance Book Shop

A wonderfully curated used bookstore in an airport.
Concord, Massachusetts

Walden Pond

"the sweltering inhabitants of Charleston and New Orleans, of Madras and Bombay and Calcutta, drink at my well . . . The pure Walden water is mingled with the sacred water of the Ganges."
Lincoln, Massachusetts

Ponyhenge

No one really knows how these old hobby horses got here, but the herd keeps growing.
Washington, D.C.

Roman Legionnaire Modesty Shields

Railroad officials in the early 1900s sought to spare travelers the sight of Roman soldiers’ private parts.
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Philbert the Pig

This beloved marketplace mascot poops money and grants good luck.
Washington, D.C.

'Encore'

Washington D.C.'s most famous pianist, composer, and bandleader still tickles the ivories outside Howard Theater.
Washington, D.C.

Rayburn House Office Building

One critic described it as "middle Mussolini, early Ramses, and late Neiman-Marcus." Another called it an architectural "natural disaster."
Queens, New York

TWA Flight Center at JFK Airport

This futuristic airport terminal was abandoned for decades before reopening as a hotel—with a vintage plane of its own parked out back.
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Philadelphia City Hall

This elaborate towering structure was once famed for its revolutionary height.
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Rocky Statue

Yo, Adrian!
Renslow, Washington

Wild Horse Wind Farm

A large wind turbine installation in central Washington State is home to an extensive set of interpretive exhibits.
Quincy, Washington

Grandfather Cuts Loose the Ponies

This metallic stampede sits frozen on a Washington ridge yet the artist's vision is still incomplete.
Vantage, Washington

Ginkgo Petrified Forest

An exercise in patience and imagination, where Mother Earth turned common stuff into precious hidden treasures.
Leavenworth, Washington

Leavenworth's Bavarian Village

One small town in the Pacific Northwest transformed itself into a Bavarian-themed tourist destination.
Leavenworth, Washington

Leavenworth Nutcracker Museum

This impressively large collection includes crackers shaped like Jimmy Carter, Mickey Mouse, and more.
Anacortes, Washington

Green Point

On the edge of this small Washington Park, a piece of the Earth's mantle has come to the surface.
Marblemount, Washington

Temple of Power

This sci-fi gazebo located in a Washington power town is made from old bits of industrial electrical equipment.
Rockport, Washington

Ladder Creek Falls and Gardens

The illuminated falls are a gem in North Cascades National Park.
Seattle, Washington

'A Salish Welcome'

A colorful statue honoring the local salmon in glass and bronze.
Seattle, Washington

Psychic Chicken of Seattle

Deep into the lower floors of Pike Place, find a date with fowl fate.