Just outside of Hildebran, North Carolina on Henry River Road, about 1/2 mile from exit 119 near Hickory sits the abandoned Henry River Mill Village. The community isn’t a recent victim of economic woes, but a remnant of a bygone error. It is also the site chosen to serve as the deprecated District 12 in the movie The Hunger Games.
Unveiled in 1975, Tunnelvision, the magnificent and massive mural created by Columbia based artist Blue Sky is a 50 ft x 75 ft work of art painted on the side of the Federal Land Bank Building. Visitors who happen upon the mural by accident describe it as “deceptively realistic”: though nobody has actually tried to drive into it.
Tunnelvision is located on Taylor St., between Marion and Bull Streets in the same parking lot (AgFirst Farm Credit Bank) as Blue Sky’s acclaimed “Busted Plug Plaza.”
It’s called “Busted Plug Plaza,” and it’s four stories in height and weighs 675,000 pounds. This massive piece of art that purportedly can survive a direct hit by a tornado, was created by Columbia, SC based artist Blue Sky and was unveiled in 2001.
Although two other cities claim to have the largest Fire Hydrant /Plug, busted Plug is both bigger and heavier and thus firmly holds the title. It is located on Taylor St., between Marion and Bull Streets in the same parking lot (AgFirst Farm Credit Bank) as Blue Sky’s acclaimed “Tunnelvision.”
We stopped by to check it out on our trip to Columbia.
Sometimes you just have to pull off the road to see some of the more interesting sights on your journey. We took a road trip through North Carolina in April 2016 and happened upon the World’s Largest Chest of Drawers in the City of High Point, North Carolina. High Point, incidentally, is the home furnishings capitol of the universe! So it wasn’t surprising to find this huge monstrosity that you can pull off an photograph for FREE.
World’s Largest Chest of Drawers: 508 N Hamilton St, High Point, NC 27262