“Big Things” in Louisville, Kentucky

Stephanie and I took a day trip to Louisville, Kentucky to photograph big things and do other touristy stuff the weekend before my heart valve surgery. We got photos of the giant Colgate clock (the second largest timepiece in the world!), then visited the Louisville Slugger museum to photograph the giant bat and also a giant baseball glove. (Check out the cute picture where Stephanie climbed in the glove!) On the way, we found another giant "bat" of the flying variety, on the side of the building of a costume shop. I also snapped some cool googie signs in downtown Louisville, and we saw the historical marker for the woman who wrote the song "Happy Birthday."

We also visited the Louisville Zoo to see the Gorilla Forest exhibit, and to snap a photo of a rhino while he was peeing. Their zoo is really great, and quite large. We went through pretty fast so we didn’t see everything. After the zoo, we went to a funky cool restaurant called Lynn’s Paradise Cafe to photograph the giant coffee pot and tea cups in the parking lot, and ended up staying for dinner in the arty, interesting restaurant and gift shop. We also managed to snap photos of a pair of giant stone hands in front of a not for profit center.

One thing I want to do on a future visit to Louisville is visit the Louisville Derby Clock by folk-art sculptor Barney Bright. It’s a 40-foot tall mechanical clock, built in 1976, with a racing scene including figures of Daniel Boone, George Rogers Clark and other historic figures that race around the clock. It’s currently undergoing restoration, and we happened to see a promotion for it at Lynn’s Paradise Cafe.

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