The Fiberglass Statue Graveyard of Sparta

(Image credit: Flickr user Mykl Roventine)

The FAST Corporation factory in Sparta, Wisconsin, is where large fiberglass advertising icons are made. FAST stands for Fiberglass Animals, Shapes, & Trademarks. They make the molds, cast the statues, and then what? The molds go out to pasture when they are no longer needed, to the factory's backyard, which has become an otherworldly graveyard.  

After the job is done the company keeps the mold but their sheer size precludes storage – and of course many were made on a one-off basis.  Over the years the field’s inhabitants have grown to number in their hundreds in every conceivable shape and size. Big Boy rubs shoulders with vampire bats and sharks.  Giant skulls rub imaginary shoulders with oversize ice creams.  There is even something Darth Vader-ish to guard over the more timid denizens of this ever so slightly eerie place.  

(Image credit: Flickr user Jim Sheely)

If you can get to Sparta, you are welcome to see the molds, as they are spread out enough even to drive through. If not, see a collection of pictures of the FAST graveyard of icon molds at Kuriositas.


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"Should any free soul come across that place, in all the countless centuries yet to be, may all our voices whisper to you from the ageless stones: Go tell the Spartans, passer-by, that here, by Spartan law, we lie."
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