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Giant Lobster statue, Kingston SE, Australia

 

In the pretty town of Kingston SE in the state of South Australia stands this not-so-pretty monument to the local seafood industry. “Larry” the lobster is a fibreglass-on-steel crustacean standing over 50 feet high and is obviously the first thing you notice as you drive into the town.

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Larry has stood here for more than 40 years and is starting to show his age, but he is still an impressive sight.  The giant lobster has changed hands a number of times since its construction in 1979, and when I last checked the site also contained a restaurant, tourist centre, playground and a wine tasting area.

Anyone taking a road trip through our country towns could be forgiven for thinking that Australians are preoccupied with oversized monuments. There are quite a lot of them – the Big Banana, the Big Pineapple, the Big Ram – and so on, most of them celebrating local industries or attractions.

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The Big Lobster is one of Australia’s largest kitsch monuments and its lifespan is starting to approach that of a real lobster.

The more attractive side of Kingston SE can be seen by looking in the opposite direction (below).

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