The Big Easy Chair in Kittery
Location: Kittery, Maine (78 Government St.)
When to visit: Daylight hours
Time needed: 5-10 minutes
I like big chairs and I cannot lie! When I took a sweet autumn road trip from Boston to Acadia National Park in Maine, one of the must-visit places on my list was a peculiar giant chair in the small town of Kittery.
Known as the Big Easy Chair, or the Giant Chair in Kittery, this fun roadside attraction is 12 feet tall, lime green, and perfect for taking silly selfies.
Anyone taking a road trip should make a quick stop here! Here’s what you’ll see at this giant chair in southern Maine.
How to Visit the Giant Chair in Kittery
Kittery is a town of 9800 people along the Piscataqua River. It’s right across the border from New Hampshire.
Getting to the giant chair is pretty easy. Just head to 78 Government Street in Kittery. It’s a tree-lined residential neighborhood.
The chair is made from wood, and features a fiberglass shell.
You’ll see the chair sitting underneath a tree on the lawn of what looks like a large apartment building. It’s actually an art studio. It used to house Wentworth Dennett Studios, and now houses Lorwen Paintings.
The site has a sizable parking lot, so you won’t have to worry about finding a place to pull in. Just park your vehicle, head over to the chair, and take your pics.
Government Street is a moderately busy two-lane road, so you can expect a few cars to be passing by while you get your pics on the property.
View of the chair from behind, looking out at Government Road:
Chances are, there won’t be a huge number of tourists hanging around here. My friend and I were the only ones here when we visited, although it was a quiet weekday morning.
So you should have plenty of time to try out different poses and get your best shots!
The Big Easy Chair has a small ottoman in front, but the ottoman is not in great shape.
It’s missing some paint, and the wood is peeling away. So you may want to frame your pics to keep the ottoman out of the photos.
It’s best to come with a friend, since there isn’t any sort of wall or surface to set your camera on to take a timed self-picture.
History of the Big Easy Chair in Maine
The chair was created in 2004 by sculptor Mark Fenwick of Portsmouth, New Hampshire, and became a fun attraction after it was installed.
In 2011, vandals knocked down the chair. Community members came together to restore it, and it was back in place less than a year later, where it has stood ever since.
Older photos of the chair show that it used to be a boring beige or tan color. But during my recent visit, it was painted a bright lime green.
Which color is better? I suppose that’s in the eye of the beholder. But I always lean on the side of brighter and more vibrant colors! It makes the pics look a lot cooler.
Other Related Giant Objects
Interestingly, there’s another giant chair in Maine. It’s a 17-foot tall wooden chair in the town of Raymond. That chair was built last year, and now holds the title of Maine’s largest chair.
If you’re a regular visitor to this site, you know I love giant roadside attractions!
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What pose would you make while sitting in the giant chair in Kittery?