If we were to ask you about the world’s largest stuffed animal, how big can you think? And do you have any conception of how big the world’s largest stuffed animal can be? Well, we are going to take a look and find out how big that big plushie is.
Stuffed animals come in all shapes, sizes, and colors, ranging from keychain size to life-like size and sometimes even bigger. Well, sometimes a normal-sized stuffed animal is just not enough as a gift, you might scratch your head and try to find the biggest plushie out there to offer to your kiddo on their birthday, but have you any actual conception how big the biggest plushie can be? Well, if we actually ask you that question, you might think of some 2 meters high teddy bear that you’ve seen on Instagram or YouTube. still, teddy bears can be much bigger than that.
since the days of Roosevelt and the first teddy, about 110 years ago, Teddy Bears and plushies, in general, had been on a roller coaster of cuteness, and every once in a while, for more than a hundred years, we get to see some mad genius creating a colossal plushie, for no other reason than to put a smile on people’s faces and have a good time creating it.
Well, in this article, we are going to take a look at those particular creations, and find out how big can a big plushie actually get, and beware, the result might surprise you.
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GIANT PINK RABBIT
One feature many artists share is that they focus on the idea instead of the form, in other words; the work can be very simple from a visual point of view, at the same time have a highly specific meaning, and the most obvious example of that is our huge pink rabbit, being the biggest stuffed animal in the world, the pink rabbit was located on the top of one of the mountains in the Coletto lava hill in Italy, this rabbit was so big that you could see it from a satellite.
Well, it all started with a Vienna-based art group in 2005, when they decided that the planet needed a rabbit, a big one, a really big one. And as a result, the artists spent a lot of time creating this huge art object that measured colossal it’s 55 meters long, 41 meters wide and about 5 meters thick, well, you might say that this one was a little too big to be used as a birthday present.
you could even see it in satellite images, in fact, the rabbit looks like it just fell from the sky and hit the ground really hard, the art object is located on the hill Coleto Fava in the Italian region of piedmont.
you are probably worried though about the environmental impact of the rabbit, but you shouldn’t. Because our big pink friend here was made of wool and stuffed with grass, he was supposed to lie on the hill until 2025 gradually decaying but nature did a faster job by 2016 there was nothing left of the rabbit.
The story of the giant rabbit was truly a marvel in the history of stuffed animals, and upon asking the artists about their motifs and thought process behind creating such marvelous token; they replied by saying something I the lines of that they made it for the mountain crossers to use as a resting place, and because of its size, the rabbit should make people feel small and insignificant as if they just entered the realm of giants and one of its citizens had dropped a toy in the field.
And that my friends, was the rise and fall of the biggest rabbit that ever existed, and after all, we are glad that such a crazy, marvelous work of art did actually exist in the same era of humanity as we did.
This is the story of the 25.3-meter in length giant rabbit that lived for only 11 days, well, let’s start at the beginning, and the beginning sees light with the one who obviously made it.
you’ve probably heard of Florentine Hoffman; a danish artist and sculptor famous for creating a giant rubber duck and sending it on a world tour around the waters of Europe.
Well, Hoffman likes to create highly enlarged simple items like huge paper boats, for no other reason than to see them work and have a good time doing so, he’s a very peculiar but cheerful person, he wants to make people happier with the help of various giant objects.
One of Hoffman’s projects was a huge white rabbit placed on the grass-covered roof of an old aircraft hangar looking up at the sky, the art object was created as part of an art festival in Taiwan which was held at a former naval base. the rabbit was mainly made of a waterproof material known as Tybek, very similar to paper.
To recreate the rabbit’s, fluffiness Hoffman used over 12.000 pieces of Tybek, just imagine how much time and patience it took, but the result was great and worth it because the marvelous white rabbit had everyone’s jaw dropped at the festival.
The giant rabbit’s first swinging in the wind seemed quite real, sadly the art object didn’t live long, for at the end of the 11th day of the festival when the workers were dismantling the huge sculpture, a random spark started a fire and the rest is history. The giant white rabbit lived a relatively short lifespan
GIANT MEXICAN TEDDY BEAR
The story of the Guinness world record-breaking teddy bear begins at a town called Xonacatlán located in Mexico, the residents of the town knew that their town wasn’t exactly the most entertaining, nothing really was happening in there.
The tourist numbers were dropping and the afternoons were growing more silent than ever until an idea rose out of the blue, and that is creating the biggest teddy bear to ever exist, and over the span of 3 months of stitching, stuffing, and carrying, the residents of the town worked as hard as they could to create this marvelous teddy bear.
The result was a groundbreaking teddy bear that measures a colossal 20 meters tall and weighs 4 tonnes, the word of that cute giant quickly reached the attention of people in charge of the Guinness world record and they came to examine that, and On 28 April 2019, the people of that town entered the book of records with their giant teddy bear.
Now, the giant teddy lies in the town of Xonacatlán, welcoming tourists from all around the world, well, if your path someday took you to the marvelous land of Mexico, you can indeed pay that cute world record-breaking giant a visit, it is true that it isn’t the biggest plush in the world because that record belongs to the pink rabbit that we talked about earlier, but it is the biggest teddy bear.
THE GIANT SOCK MONKEY
Do you know sock monkeys? Well, if you are familiar with stuffed animals then you probably do, if not, well; a sock monkey is a stuffed little monkey that is made of socks, they are usually palm-sized and super adorable, and unique too, making one would usually take 2 to 3 socks.
But have you ever wondered what would happen if you make a sock monkey not out of a pair of sucks but out of 66 long socks? Well, a British young girl named Jody Lewis asked the same question back in 2015, and thankfully, she was curious enough to actually try it, so she gathered the calf-length socks, all 66 of them and she started stitching.
After a full week of cutting up, stitching, and filling, the young Lewis ended up creating a 16 kilograms sock monkey that measures 3.19 meters high, that size was enough for her to enter the Guinness world record book as the maker of the largest sock monkey to ever exist, that record is still holding.
In her interview with the World Record Academy, Lewis said; “I’ve got a big list of things that I want to do in life, and breaking a world record was one of them,”.
Well, Lewis had created not only a World Record breaker Monkey but also a lifetime of cuddles and hugs from a unique friend.
Well, the sad thing about these colossal plushies is that we cannot have them, and visiting them would be a bit too difficult as well, but the thing is; if those people could do it, maybe one day we will witness one of our friends or family do it as well, and that is the beauty of it.
The world of giant plushies isn’t specific to gigantic world record-breaking ones, but there is a ton of other adorable plushies that you can purchase, plushies that are bigger than you, like lifelike Lions or Wolves, or giant 2 meters
teddy bears or even a lifelike stuffed alligator, but the thing about plushies is that; size doesn’t really matter that much, what is important is having the little plush buddy at your side, always ready for playtime or nap time, always baring that cute smile in their face and waiting for the next play command.
Plushies can be big, but that isn’t their most loved quality, plushies are friends of old and companions for a lifetime, and no matter how old we get, we never forget our first stuffed animal, and some lucky ones among us still have it.
Making the world’s largest stuffed animal is perhaps not about the animal but about the bonds that we create while making it and the smiles that the big plushie extracts out of the faces of strangers; such as in the case of the Mexican teddy bear or the moon rabbit, witnessing one can be a chance to reflect how small and vulnerable we are, and therefore be more grateful for what we already have.
Well, that’s about the end of our journey of discovering the world’s largest stuffed animal, were you surprised by the size of the Pink rabbit? Or were you astonished by the spirit of the villagers who made the record-breaking teddy bear?
Thank you for reading.