Driving into Colquitt, I was pleased to spot the sculpture right away, standing proudly in the lawn of the welcome center, located on the major road into town. Across the street, an ideal place to stop and have lunch before getting photos. Who could ask for a better set-up?
After lunch, I'm walking around the large statue taking photos, when a car stops and the woman inside called me over. She started explaining the background of Toth's mission to honor American Indians with a sculpture in every state. When I told her I have visited more than thirty of his works, she was more than impressed. She also told me she watched as Toth carved the original Giant in Colquitt (1973) while she was in high school, and when he made a replacement for the deteriorating original in 2002. Colquitt was the fourth location in the series, which now numbers 77...at least one in every state and several in Canada.
The nice lady also informed me that Colquitt is known for its murals, advising me to drive through the downtown and check them out.
After she left, I went into the welcome Center and met Casey, the gal who runs it. She was equally proud of the Whispering Giant, giving me a brochure they have, explaining the whole story. She also has a copy of Toth's book, "Indian Giver", which I was unaware of. Now I have to find a copy. Casey also recommended a tour of the murals.
|Early Transportation Hub|
The town square is very colorful, with an old Chevrolet dealership converted to a clothing shop called "Southern Hissy Fits", a pink inn and a series of brightly colored shops.
|Southern Hissy Fits|