A 17-foot high shuttlecock on the grounds of the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art in Kansas City. The good thing about this sculpture is that the bird poop doesn't show up.
Why were we in Kansas City? To see art, of course. The Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art had a special exhibit of 6 ceramic artists and the Nelson-Atkins had an exhibit of 24 different ceramic artists. I saw so much inspiring stuff my head exploded. Both museums were within walking distance of each other and that made it nice. Also nice was good weather so we got to enjoy the outdoor sculptures in a well-designed space.
At first it looked like a tree painted silver, but then we got closer to it. Somebody did a lot of shopping at Home Depot.
We really liked Kansas City, easy to get around and the grounds at the Nelson-Atkins were a nice break from the heat.. A second reason to go to Kansas City was to see the World War I museum. We'd been there once before when it just opened but only saw a small portion of the exhibits - we go slow and read all the signs. Hey, it's History! This time around we still didn't see everything so we'll have an excuse to go back again.
Watch the trains in your area. There may not be many more carrying hitchhikers like this because they've quit stopping near where I live probably because of the nearby MoPac-olypse construction (2 years late, zillions over budget.) I'm under strict orders to avoid trying to put anything on a moving train