Countries from around the world are going green as part of Tourism Ireland’s Global Greening initiative for St Patrick’s Day 2021.
From humble beginning back in 2010, when just the Sydney Opera House and the Sky Tower in Auckland went green, the annual event has grown into a green-hued extravaganza.
This year will be the biggest ever Global Greening event with around 670 sites in 66 different countries taking part. From Rome to Rio and from London to Las Vegas, a host of famous buildings and sites around the world will be turning a shade of green over the coming days.
Perhaps the quirkiest of all of Tourism Ireland's Global Greenings this year is happening in Finland – the Tilted Sauna, also known as the 'Drunken Sauna', an abandoned sauna tilted on its side on Tampaja Lake, in southern Finland.
Aside from the sauna, here are some of the quirkiest spots taking place:
- Bjarke Cirkelsten in Denmark – a giant troll sculpture made from re-cycled wood, created by Copenhagen-based artist Thomas Dambo.
- A solar giraffe – a solar power-generating structure in the shape of a giraffe, that provides power for the community of Mangunze, in Mozambique.
- A unique sauna cabin in the SkyWheel, Helsinki, where people can sweat and see the city sights at the same time.
- Jääsauna 52 – the first ever ice sauna in Tampere, Finland; the sauna’s 50-cm thick walls are made from the frozen water of local lakes and never melt, as the intense cold refreezes everything after use!
- A Volkswagen Beetle in the Volkswagen museum in Germany, which was built in Ireland in 1949.
- The Sekenani Gate – the main gate to the Maasai Mara National Reserve, in Kenya.
- A giant Kissing Couple XXXL statue located along the bicycle route between Amsterdam and Zaandam; the male is 8.6 metres high and the female is 8.1 metres high.
- A huge Smurf Statue in central Brussels.
- ‘Mac the Moose’ in the city of Moose Jaw, in Saskatchewan, Canada – a steel and concrete sculpture of a moose, standing 32 feet tall.
- A Sleeperoo pop-up sleeping cube, made from sustainable materials, in central Frankfurt, Germany.
- The Equator Monument – the Equator sign and line in Kayabwe, Uganda.
- Perlan in Reykjavík – a futuristic, revolving glass-domed restaurant on the top of Öskjuhlíð hill in the Icelandic capital.
- The Big Fiddle of the Ceilidh – the world’s largest fiddle, on Cape Breton Island in Canada.
- A carp statue, called ‘Fridolin’, in the town of Höchstadt an der Aisch, in Bavaria.
- Le Dragon de Calais – a dragon machine in Calais, in northern France, that can breathe fire, water and diffuse mist; it weighs 72 tonnes, is 25 metres long and 15 metres high.