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Giant potato sculpture converted into Big Idaho Potato Hotel

By Ben Hooper

April 25 (UPI) -- A giant potato sculpture built to promote Idaho's spud farmers is being converted into the Big Idaho Potato Hotel, a single-room accommodation.

The Big Idaho Potato sculpture, which measures 28 feet long, 12 feet wide and 11-1/2 feet tall, was constructed by the Idaho Potato Commission to mark its 75th anniversary in 2012 and was taken on tour for seven years to promote the crop.

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The steel, plaster and concrete sculpture was retired when the commission decided to build a Big Idaho Potato 2.0.

Kristie Wolfe, who was on the Big Idaho Potato's tour team, offered to put her expertise as a tiny house builder to use and convert the original sculpture into a singe-room hotel.

The Big Idaho Potato Hotel has now been outfitted with insulation, a wood floor, electricity, running water, heating and air conditioning. The room is furnished with queen-sized bed, two chairs and an antler chandelier.

The hotel is listed on Airbnb for $200 a night and reservations begin in late May.

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