MNN Galleries

12 buildings that look like food

By: Matt Hickman on July 15, 2015, 11:30 a.m.
Big Banana building in Coffs Harbour, Australia

Photo: Will Ellis/Flickr

2 of 14

Big Banana

Those who have traveled Down Under are probably well aware of the region's obsession with Big Things: towering — and sometimes terrifying — roadside structures and sculptures that take on various shapes and forms including marsupials, merinos, miners, macadamia nuts and enough fruits and veggies to create a salad fit for Jolly Green Giant.

Arguably the oldest and most famous (just don’t tell that to Larry the Lobster) of Australia’s Big Things is the Big Banana of Coffs Harbour, New South Wales. Built in 1964 on an active banana plantation, the 1,200-pound concrete muscaceae fruit — yes, it’s a proper building that visitors can venture inside of — is now the crown jewel of an expansive banana-themed fun park (“It’s a Whole Bunch of Fun!”) boasting a mini-golf course, toboggan run, ice skating rink, laser tag and the World of Bananas Experience, an interactive theater experience complete with “hologram-like characters” that “details the discovery of bananas and their advance through history to the present day.” Sounds totally bananas!