Some states have majestic eagles or billowing palm trees as icons. But in Rhode Island, we have something much better: a giant blue insect. Big Blue Bug has been a part of the Providence skyline for as long as we can remember, and we wouldn’t have it any other way. Here’s how this enormous termite replica came to be.

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Some might think Providence’s unofficial “mascot” is a bit bizarre. And perhaps it is. But we love our Big Blue Bug, just like we can appreciate these other Rhode Island roadside attractions.

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