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Jimmy Carter Peanut, Plains, Georgia

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 smile on this peanut is meant to mimic the toothy grin of President Jimmy Carter. Three Indiana residents made the statue in honor of then-candidate Carter’s visit to Indiana when he campaigned in 1976. After Carter won the presidency, the statue moved to his hometown of Plains, GA, where it remains today. It stands 13 feet tall and is the world’s second-largest peanut. Local legend attributes the large hole in its back to Secret Service agents, who cut it open during Carter’s visit to Indiana to ensure there were no assassins or bombs hidden inside.

Building materials: Lips/teeth, driftwood; body, tobacco, cork

Festive bonsai, posted earlier:

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François Fauchard04-Dec-2017 15:49
Range View 03-Dec-2017 23:10
Quite a vivid imagination to design such an unusual art piece, great capture Helen. V
MarcViskens03-Dec-2017 14:50
nice find
LynnH03-Dec-2017 13:50
Geez... I think it's creepy. LOL V
Zoltán Balogh03-Dec-2017 09:05
LOL, this is cool. V
Tom LeRoy03-Dec-2017 08:57
Very cool! Amazing what someone will come up with. V
Charlene Ambrose03-Dec-2017 06:13
That is pretty humorous and very clever. V
joseantonio03-Dec-2017 05:23
I can see the resemblance.Very nice capture.V
Carl H. Johnson03-Dec-2017 03:39
Jim Coffman03-Dec-2017 00:36
LOL!1 I can see the resemblance.. Cute shot, Helen...