Kyle Siler (aka Carlos Amigos) set his sights to building his own roadside attraction back in 2008. His artistic journey was well-rounded; he learned to weld and completed a pilgrimage to Wisconsin to view the art of Fred Smith, his inspiration. His goal was to put his small town on the map with a classic roadside attraction. Deciding on a whale them was easy, what better way to celebrate the annual migration visible from his yard? Built with his newly-acquired welding skills, several tons of concrete, and a dash of mosaic sculptures, Amigos slowly transformed his yard into a destination. True to the tradition of roadside attractions, the whale features bright colors, and it has a few special tricks, too. At the top of the hour between 10am and 3pm, the whale spouts water from its spout. The whale is supported by donations and the income generated by renting out the artist’s studio for overnight stays.
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