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Coffee Pot and Cup Water Towers, Stanton, Iowa

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.

The Coffee Pot water tower celebrates Stanton’s Scandinavian cultural heritage as well as the legacy of Stanton-born Virginia Christine, the spokeswoman for Folger’s coffee. The pot is painted in Swedish style with hearts and flowers; it is 35 feet tall and 20 feet wide. It is capable of holding 800,000 cups of coffee (were it actually used as a coffee pot), earning it the title of “World’s Largest Coffee Pot.” High maintenance costs led the town to take the pot down, but it is still on display at the town’s historical society. The replacement water tower is shaped like a cup and saucer. It is 96 feet tall and holds 150,000 gallons of water. Its appearance mimics the Swedish style of the Coffee Pot.

Building materials: bamboo, gourd, kiwi vine, estrella, Harry Lauder’s walking stick, birch bark, acorn cap, leaf pod, mahogany pods and leaves, pistachio shells, coconut, putka pods, grape vine

Copper basket, Potomac Atrium, posted earlier:

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Charlene Ambrose02-Dec-2017 04:49
This is really cute. It's amazing what they can do with these building materials! V
Carol How02-Dec-2017 02:28
really enjoying the variety in this set of images... the water tower is truly imaginative... super capture of it Helen. V
globalgadabout02-Dec-2017 00:07
morning fuel so well portrayed...
Jim Coffman01-Dec-2017 22:28
That is so neat! Nice image of it...
larose forest photos01-Dec-2017 22:18
A charming shot, very nicely captured. V