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Mr. Potato Head, Pawtucket, Rhode Island

We visited the US Botanic Garden’s annual “Season’s Greenings” display titled “Roadside Attractions” featuring plant-based recreations of iconic sights from across the United States, with G gauge model trains chugging around, below, through and above the displays.

This giant version of the Mr. Potato Head toy is 6 feet tall and made of fiberglass. Toy company Hasbro paired with the state of Rhode Island to distribute 37 statues across the state in 2000, each customized by artists to highlight parts of the state’s history and culture. As part of the tourism-promoting project, Mr. Potato Head was named the official family-travel ambassador of Rhode Island. This iconic toy has been in production since 1952 and was featured in the movie “Toy Story.” Originally the toy consisted of a set of plastic parts that could be pushed into a real potato.

Building materials: Skin, tobacco leaf; hat, gourd, vine; eyebrows: monkey face pods; eyes, gourds; nose, gourd; mustache: baobab pods; teeth, driftwood; ears, gourd; hands, eucalyptus leaves; shoes, oak bark, eucalyptus leaves, honeysuckle vine

Japanese Woodland, posted earlier:

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Pierre18-Dec-2017 12:18
Une très belle réalisation à partir de ces matériaux naturels, un superbe rendu. Une magnifique photo! V
Zoltán Balogh03-Dec-2017 09:06
This is funny and wonderfully composed Heleln. V
François Fauchard01-Dec-2017 16:22
Superb, Mr.Potato ! Excellent catch. V
victorswan01-Dec-2017 15:34
Excellent image Helen, I love this very attraction, and especially the way you bring it fantastic work BV
Julie Oldfield01-Dec-2017 02:50
Great shot of Thomas coming around the bend towards Mr Potato Head. V
Jim Coffman30-Nov-2017 22:35
That is toooo funny.. Excellent capture..