In honor of Presidents’ Day, here is a statue, crafted in plaster and mesh, that pays homage to former U.S. President and former peanut farmer Jimmy Carter. Located in his birthplace and hometown of Plains, Georgia, Carter’s trademark grin is accurately showcased on the peanut. If you’re wondering how this thirteen-feet-tall peanut statue came into existence, well, you have to go back to 1976 when Carter was running for President.
Three men from the Indiana town of Evanston made the peanut for him during one of Carter’s political stops that year. Not long after, the statue was transported to Carter’s hometown where it has lived ever since. The owners of the local Davis E.Z. took over the care of the giant peanut, filled its bottom with concrete and anchored it to the lawn in front of their store. They estimate it’s “the most photographed thing in Plains.”