This Bizarre Roadside Attraction In North Carolina Will Make You Do A Double Take
This unique sculpture park in the woods of Wilson, North Carolina is equal parts whimsical and bizarre.
Acid Park, so called due to an urban legend that suggests it was inspired by an LSD trip, is the brainchild of Vollis Simpson. The 65-year-old retired local constructed the park out of spare parts left over from his career repairing machinery and moving houses.
Though it looks like some sort of amusement park, this spot is actually a collection of “whirligigs” that soar fifty feet or more into the air. There are more than 30 of these incredible structures in the park, and all are dreamily colorful and enchanting.
Many of the park’s structures resemble windmills and are cobbled together from the scrap parts of old cars and industrial reflectors. People have described the colorful projects as everything from aerial carousels to massive Christmas ornaments.
Though Simpson died in 2013 at the age of 94, a dedicated, two-acre public sculpture garden has been opened at 301 South Goldsboro Street in downtown Wilson. Over 30 of these fantastic sculptures can be found at the new Wilson Whirligig Park.