Burlington, Vermont

Tallest Filing Cabinet on Earth

38-drawer structure claims the superlative title, but it isn't the only giant filing cabinet in the United States, let alone on Earth

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Built in 2002 by local artist Bren Alvarez, the filing cabinet in the first and second picture attached to this post is made up of 38 drawers, with each one representing the number of years of paperwork that Alvarez accumulated while working on the project. While Alvarez's piece proudly claims to be the tallest filing cabinet on Earth, it's unclear if that is actually the case.

The filing cabinet shown in the third, and fourth pictures attached to the post, claims the same title. Described by the website Environmental Graffiti as either "a white collar worker's wet dream - or nightmare," the second filing cabinet shown here is made up of 60 individual drawers stacked and welded together.

Holding a spot in the Guinness Book of World Records, the structure is a work of art - "Untitled (Minuet in MG)" - by Samuel Yates. From Yates' professional website: "The seven-story tall sculpture ... contains a 1974 MG Midget sportscar that was donated, shredded, steamrolled, photographed, bagged, labeled, numbered, and filed by weight from heaviest to lightest in milligrams (mgs) - an MG in mgs."

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    Any.
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  • Address
    Flynn Ave., Burlington, Vermont, 05401, United States
  • Cost
    Free.
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Pieces of paper that the tallest filing cabinet in the world will hold
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Map/Directions
Southwest edge of town. Drive US 7/Shelburne Road/Ethan Allen Hwy five blocks north of the turnoff for I-189. Turn left (west) onto Flynn Ave. After five blocks, the file cabinet is in a field on the right, between Pine St. and Foster St.
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