This rock formation is smack in the middle of a residential neighborhood. I doubt the people living right around it have any idea this formation has an unofficial name or online status. Made for a fun side excursion & photo opp on a day of seeing "Rocks" (I also stopped at Red Rock Canyon and Bell Rock that day) but only if you truly have the time to wander out of your way for a 5-10 minute stop.
One of the more fun stops I made along my recent cross-country trek, and a great conversation piece. It's in the middle of nowhere but worth the drive; the size of it has to be seen to be believed. The family that started it has kept track of every single person that has applied a layer to the ball including the date and color, by having you sign into the guestbook. You're offered a variety of colors to choose from, with the only stipulation being that you have to paint a different one from the last. I chose teal, which upon a quick check by the wife hadn't been used in over a 100 layers. Calling ahead was easy and they were very accommodating with the time; I arrived there around 7pm and there was another pair of people coming about an hour after me. Thanks to the internet they get visitors from all over the world.
I visited to see the Warhol album cover art exhibit, which was very well curated & displayed, including a listening area where you could play vinyl copies of some of the albums he designed for. My visit was in January during slightly inclement weather so it was too cold to linger outside long, but the grounds around the museum and the drive through the surrounding campus were lovely covered in snow.
I stopped here on the way to see the Warhol album art exhibit at the Cranbook Art Museum in MI. Going in, I knew little of Andy's background. The museum does a wonderful overview of his entire life and career, with timelines presented on each floor for the decade it represents, with something displayed from each period and type of medium he worked with. He also amassed a huge personal archive of physical objects, gifts & correspondence in numbered boxes, of which the contents of one are displayed. The museum also features a gallery space featuring outside exhibits and a hands-on work Factory area down in the basement for those with kids that might be feeling immediately creative.
This ended up being my first stop on a cross-country roadtrip west. The staff was helpful and friendly, and the front desk offered up complementary cookies. The room was one of the best I encountered along my route, in terms of cleanliness, comfort, amenities and size for a hotel of this level of accommodation. The continental breakfast offered was decent as well. As mentioned in the official description it's very close to a large mall with a number of dining and shopping options.