Last week, history was made when the colossal Space Shuttle Endeavour inched along the streets of Los Angeles en route to its final home at the California Science Center in Exposition Park, near USC.
On Tuesday, Southern California was the site of yet another history-making giant object, this one a six-ton fake spud — small potatoes compared to the 80-ton shuttle — being hauled into Pasadena on a flat-bed truck to help promote food services for the needy.
The amazingly lifelike 28-foot-long faux-tuber is the product of the Idaho Potato Commission, which approved a stop in Pasadena as part of the potato-state commission’s 75th anniversary celebration.
At 11 a.m. Tuesday, the realistic sculpture, which is making appearances around the country, parked alongside another area art icon, the Fork in the Road, an 18-foot tall sculpture of a silver fork standing upright in the median that separates Pasadena and St. John avenues at Bellefontaine Street in West Pasadena.
Established in 1937, the Idaho Potato Commission (IPC) is a state agency that is responsible for promoting and protecting the famous “Grown in Idaho®” seal, a federally registered trademark that assures consumers they are purchasing genuine, top-quality Idaho® potatoes. Idaho’s ideal growing conditions, including rich, volcanic soil, climate and irrigation differentiate Idaho® potatoes from potatoes grown in other states.