But now it is time for a statue that is not a tall rendering of something, it’s a rendering of something tall! This statue is actually a to-scale life-size figure of the world’s tallest man: Robert Pershing Wadlow!
Robert Wadlow was born in Alton, Illinois in February 1918. Throughout his life he continued to grow taller due to a hypertrophy of his pituitary gland that produced an abnormally high level of human growth hormone. When he died in 1940 he was a staggering 8 feet 11.1 inches.
In 1985 Ned Giberson erected a life-size bronze statue of Wadlow on the campus of Southern Illinois University Edwardsville School of Dental Medicine.
Site: Statue of Robert Wadlow, the world’s tallest man
Location: 1513 Washington Ave., Alton, IL
Hours: Daylight Hours
Costs: Free to See
Date: July 15, 2007