Monday, August 2, 2010

Whimsical, weird and wacky, but fun to shoot

If you're a photographer traveling Interstate 90 in South Dakota, it's hard not to notice the 60-foot bull head at the Porter Sculpture Park near Montrose and think, "That's got to be interesting to shoot."

The park is a collection of over 40 metal statues spawned from the weird sense of humor and welding skills of sculptor Wayne Porter. Some may be a bit creepy, but they do make for fun photos, especially against a wide prairie sky.

The bull head is 60 feet tall, the same as South Dakota's most famous sculpted heads at Mount Rushmore and includes more sculptural surprises inside.

It's size may not be apparent here, but Porter assured me this claw hammer is "around 30 feet. At least I think so."


Porter Sculpture Park is approximately 25 miles west of Sioux Falls at Exit 374. A half-mile south you'll find the turn into Porter's whimsical world.

Time Magazine recently named Porter Sculpture Park and Rapid City's Dinosaur Park to their list of the Top 50 American Roadside Attractions. There is also a very interesting article about Porter Sculpture Park at RoadsideAmerica.com.

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