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Il Porcellino
Florence, Italy

Il Porcellino

This bronze boar's snout has been rubbed to a golden sheen by visitors seeking good fortune.
43.7699, 11.2542
The columns looking out over the Venetian Lagoon.
Venice, Italy

St. Mark's Lost Third Column

Two stone columns flank the grand Venice square, but there were supposed to be three.
45.4330, 12.3388
Libreria Acqua Alta
Venice, Italy

Libreria Acqua Alta

This Venice bookstore has resigned itself to constant flooding by keeping its books in bathtubs and boats.
45.4380, 12.3423
The Mad Colored Houses of Burano
Venice, Italy

The Mad Colored Houses of Burano

This community on a small Venetian island has taken to painting their houses in bright neon hues.
45.4855, 12.4172
Vancouver, British Columbia

Stanley Park

"Girl in a Wetsuit" is what happens when a sculptor has to find a way around a 100 year old copyright.
49.3026, -123.1259
Point Reyes Boat
Inverness, California

Point Reyes Boat

This abandoned boat was left in place thanks to its rotting beauty.
38.0979, -122.8508
Crosses and other religious symbols dot the hillside opposite the BART station.
Lafayette, California

The Crosses of Lafayette

Thousands of crosses and markers for soldiers who lost their lives in Iraq and Afghanistan blanket a California hillside.
37.8951, -122.1236
View of Alden Park from the bandstand, showing polaris missile.
Vallejo, California

Alden Park

The perfect spot for a picnic, right next to a giant ballistic missile.
38.0979, -122.2718
Santa Clara, California

Shrine of Our Lady of Peace

One of the largest Marian shrines on the West Coast stands rather unexpectedly in Silicon Valley.
37.3892, -121.9777
The Apple garage.
Los Altos, California

The Apple Garage

The garage at the childhood home of Steve Jobs was a hangout for the founders of Apple, even if they never built computers there.
37.3403, -122.0689
Oakland, California

Champions for Humanity Monument

With statues of Nelson Mandela and Harvey Milk this monument has been called the Mount Rushmore of California.
37.8087, -122.2714
The gym
Los Angeles, California

Muscle Beach

An historic and oft-filmed spot for musclebound iron pumpers on the Pacific coast.
33.9854, -118.4727
San Jose, California

Lupe the Mammoth

A life-sized mammoth sculpture marks the spot where the remains of a Columbian mammoth were discovered in 2005.
37.3828, -121.9354
Olympic Black Power Statue
San Jose, California

Olympic Black Power Statue

A statue commemorating Tommie Smith and John Carlos' brave protest at the 1968 Olympics, a watershed moment for civil rights.
37.3355, -121.8826
Vallejo, California

Mare Island

The former Naval shipyard is open for exploring - mostly.
38.0947, -122.2821
Circa 2008 (burger stand next door has since been demolished)
Inglewood, California

Randy's Donuts

A giant donut stands as a popular symbol of Los Angeles iconography.
33.9619, -118.3705
Hat 'n' Boots today.
Seattle, Washington

Hat 'n' Boots

Seattle's super-sized cowboy apparel once belonged to a themed gas station that wrangled in herds of tourists.
47.5450, -122.3216
World's Largest Frying Pan
Long Beach, Washington

Washington's Largest Frying Pan

This super-sized skillet is a replica of a usable giant pan where a woman once skated on bacon.
46.3564, -124.0542
Color Picture of the 1940 collapse
Tacoma, Washington

Tacoma Narrows Bridge

This famous bridge twisted itself into oblivion, but not for the reason you might think.
47.2620, -122.5419
With a building in the background
Seattle, Washington

Center of the Universe Sign

Residents of Fremont in Seattle have considered it the center of the universe since the 1970s.
47.6504, -122.3502
Seattle, Washington

Lenin Statue of Fremont

Statue of Lenin, from Cold War era Czechoslovakia, now in a neighborhood of Seattle.
47.6515, -122.3513
The installation includes a pink metal track.
Seattle, Washington

The Wall of Death

A "sinister, whimsical, tacky, and really orange" public art installation hidden under a Seattle bridge.
47.6551, -122.3185
World Famous Giant Shoe Museum
Seattle, Washington

World Famous Giant Shoe Museum

An old-timey peepshow allows visitors to gawk at some of the world's most freakishly large footwear.
47.6084, -122.3414
Section of the Berlin Wall just north of downtown Seattle.
Seattle, Washington

Piece of the Berlin Wall at Cafe Turko

A nondescript Seattle restaurant inherited a piece of European history.
47.6495, -122.3481