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GIANT HAMMER

The Pierson Building Center, a locally owned and operated home improvement store in Eureka, California is home to the World’s Largest Hammer.

The hammer is a replica of a Vaughan claw hammer and stands 26 feet tall (30 feet overall including the concrete foundation). The octagon shaped handle is made of solid wood and is reinforced with a metal I-beam. The hammer's head was fabricated from 18-gauge brushed stainless steel and measures 10 feet, 3 inches in length. All dimensions of the replica are in exact proportion to the original Vaughan hammer.

The hammer was permanently mounted in front of the business on November 12, 1991. It serves as the store's symbol as well as its sign post. Store specials and information are posted on the 12 foot by 7 foot backlit sign that is built into the hammer.

GIANT ARTICHOKE

Castroville, California is home to the World's Largest Artichoke. Built in 1963 from concrete and rebar, this giant creation was the brainchild of Ray Bei. It was built as a part of a vegetable stand and restaurant complex along the main thoroughfare. It stands 20 feet tall and 12 feet across.

Castroville is located along the coast beside Monterey Bay. Here the ideal combination of soil, sun and fog provide the perfect growing conditions for artichokes, making Castroville the Artichoke Capital of the World. There's an annual Artichoke Festival and parade, in which Marilyn Monroe was crowned the very first Artichoke Queen in 1947.

GIANT "PAPER" CUP

The City of Riverside, California is home to the World’s Largest "Paper" Cup. The world's largest "paper" cup lies in front of what was once the Lily-Tulip manufacturing company, which later became the Sweetheart Cup Company, then eventually the Solo Cup Company in 2004. The original Lily-Tulip plant and cup were constructed in 1958. Actually made of poured concrete, the cup stands about 68.1 feet tall. It was placed here so as to be one of the first Riverside sights visible from arriving Westbound trains.

GIANT CAN OF FRUIT COCKTAIL

The World's Largest Can of Fruit Cocktail is a water tower wonder located in Sunnyvale, California. The can is approximately 25 feet tall and 15 feet across. It stands about 150 feet in the air and is visible from several areas of the city.

The tower is the only remnant of the Libby, McNeil and Liggy cannery, which was established in 1906. With bountiful peach, cherry, and apricot orchards nearby, as well as immediate access to the railroad, the Libby company boomed and by 1922, it was the largest cannery in the world. In 1982, the Lincoln Property Company bought the former cannery site and by 1985 had turned it into the Sunnyvale Industrial Park. The developers were required to save the towering fruit cocktail can, so artist Anita Kaplan was commissioned to restore the can to its 1935 fruit cocktail label.

The "Giant" 1927 Old-Time Baseball Glove

The glove has only has three fingers plus a thumb, the way they were made in the 1920s...

The mitt sits at 27 feet high and 30 feet wide awaiting a SF GIANT 500 foot homer landing in its mighty palm behind the left field stands of Oracle Park.

It is modeled after an old time mitt only rendered 36 times larger. Supported by an inner steel framework, the sculpture is made of fiberglass and the soft leather look is achieved with polyester resin and epoxy. Marine grade rope and brass grommets complete the veteran looking glove effect.

Ten artisans worked on the sculpture, eight of them women. I had heard a rumor years ago that the gals had embedded their underpants within the fingers of the glove. After contacting the Scientific Art Studio which designed and fabricated the glove, it was confirmed that there is indeed a covert eight panty feature.

The glove interior isn't open to the public, and is strictly off-limits, but if you were to gain access far up in the darkness of the fingers, pink and purple fabric is indeed attached to the walls. The representative from the Scientific Art Studio, said that the underpants were added just before shipping to the ball park. "This was a special occasion," the representative from Scientific Art Studio said. "The eight women who did most of the work felt it appropriate to leave their marks."

A 10th anniversary is traditionally celebrated with gifts of tin or aluminum...

At its heart, the Giant Race series is one of the ultimate fan interaction experiences with the San Francisco Giants and their minor-league affiliates. It all begins during spring training, with a run through Scottsdale, then it's off to Sacramento, followed by San Jose and culminates at San Francisco's Oracle Park with 20,000+ participants finishing on the field. The Giants organization and Giants Enterprises have worked together for years with running enthusiasts to create this experience all season long, and 2019 marks the 10-year anniversary of the San Francisco Giant Race. The Giant Race team has some special celebrations planned for this historic year, so make sure you are following the Giant Race on all of their social media channels.

The Tower Bridge within the SAC race course opened on Dec. 15, 1935. The inauguration of the bridge was heralded with the release of about 100 homing pigeons, who carried the news throughout the state.
The park within the SJ race course received its name from a contest held in the San Jose Mercury newspaper in March of 1957; Gary Shippam’s submittal of “Happy Hollow” won the contest.
Your finish line in SF is comprised of Kentucky Bluegrass Blend with crushed volcanic rock infield and rubberized tartan-surface warning track.

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Giant fashion inspiration

My picks for when you need some GIANT retail therapy...

Pantone Color 172, also known as SF Giant Orange, should be color of the year...

GIANT TUNES IN ROTATION...

Until next time...RUN GIANT. RUN LOCAL. RUN THE BAY.

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