Rhode Island
Mr. Potato Head Statues

    In the year 2000, the state of Rhode Island (the home of Hasbro) named Mr. Potato Head as its official "family travel" ambassador. As part of a tourism promotion to show children what a fun place Rhode Island is to visit, dozens of 6-foot tall fiberglass Mr. Potato Head statues were decorated by various artists to be displayed around the state.
    The themed statues were met with a mixture of opinions at the original unveiling. Some people loved them, others thought they were ugly. But since the campaign/art project was always meant to be temporary, the negatives were ignored and the statues made their way to various locations around the state.
    The actual count of Potato Head statues varies depending on who you ask. Some claim there were 37, but most say it was more like 45.
I have actually been able to confirmed 47. Below is the complete list of statues as well as their original display locations.

 
 


Butterfly Queen
Original Location:
Warwick Mall food court
Meet & Potatoes
Original Location:
Newport Marriot Hotel
Mr. Potato Head Lightbulb
Original Location:
Narragansett Electric
Providence



Common Tater
Original Location:
at the Fleet Skating Rink
Golfer
Original Location:
Lindhbrook Golf Course
Hopkinton
Artist: Solace Loven
Incubator Tater
Original Location:
Roger Williams Park Zoo
Providence



Edgar Allen Poe-tato
Original Location:
in front of Providence Warwick
Convention  & Visitor's Bureau
Artist: Kathleen Weber
Friar Potato
Original Location:
Near St Francis Church
Providence
Print Charming
Original Location:
outside the offices of
the Providence Journal



 

Blackstone Pilgram
Original Location:
Blackstone Valley
Visitor's Center
Couch Potato
Original Location:
the Children's Museum
Providence
Cloud Nine
Original Location:
airport Hampton Inn
Warwick


Cash Potato
Original Location:
in front of Citizen's Plaza
Providence
Artist: Brent Bachelder
 Bishop Potato
Original Location:
North Main Street
Episcopal Church
Providence
Video Tater
Original Location:
East Side Market Place
Blockbuster Video
Providence



Shore Thing
Original Location:
 T.F. Green Airport
Warwick
Artist: Suellen Rizzo
Baking Potato
Original Location:
in the Providence Arcade mall
Mr. Energy
Original Location:
at the Providence Energy building


Red Hot Potato
Original Location:
"Day-O-Lite" building
Warwick
Colonel Hedley Russet
Original Location:
In the foyer of the State House
Providence
Wanna Be Surfer Dude
Original Location:
route 108 & Woodruff Road Narragansett


Sargeant Spud
Original Location:
Quonsett Commerce Park
Warwick
Italian Chef
Original Location:
Angelo's Restuarant
Providence
Veno Di-Vine
Original Location:
T.F. Green Airport
Warwick
Artist: Adam Pelletier


Thrifty Potato
Original Location:
Post road Thrify Car rental
Warwick
Betty Elephant
Original Location:
Manton Free Public Library
Providence
Tourist Tater
Original Location:
Warwick City Hall
Artist: Kathy Szarko



Sparkle Spud
Original Location:
at the Fleet Skating Rink
Providence
Spud Light
Original Location:
Beacon Mutual Insurance
Warwick
Sweet Pea-tato
Original Location:
Sweet Peas Villiage
Warwick



Original Mr. Potato Head
Original Location:
Hasbro Headquarters
Providence
Original Mrs. Potato Head
Original Location:
Hasbro Headquarters
Providence
Surfer Spud
Original Location:
 I-95 Visitor's Center
Richmond
Artist: Antonia Putman



Light From Within
Original Location:
In the window of the Biltmore
Artist: William Culbertson
Pizza Potato
Original Location:
near Caserta Pizza
Providence
Slumber Spud
Original Location:
entrance of the "Courtyard" Marriot
Providence



Sun Baked
Original Location:
Fred Vinson Beach Pavillion
Block Island Ferry
Hospitality Spud
Original Location:
Gateway Center
Newport
Spud Of Steel
Original Location:
In the foyer of
Rhode Island Convention Center



Fred Fisherman
(aka Salty Spud)
Original Location:
South County Tourism
Council Building
Eric The Head
Original Location:
Bowen's Wharf
Newport
Uncle Sam
Original Location:
Various



Spudley Doo Right
Original Location:
Newport Yachting Center
Independent Potato
Original Location:
on the side of the Providence Marriot
Artists: Linda Dewing & John Frank
Rotunda Head
Original Location:
In the front of the Westin Hotel
Artist: Kathy Szarko



Red E. Banker
Original Location:
On Weybosset St in Providence
Independent Potato
Original Location:
Narragansett Park Dr Dunkin Donuts

What Ever Became Of Them?
Since their debut in 2000, most of the Potato Head statues have been removed. Many have been auctioned to private collections and scattered in the style of most community mass art projects. Sadly some of the Potato Heads were vandalized.
    -Print Charming located outside the offices of the Providence Journal was kidnapped. He later turned up on the
                Brown University campus covered with protest leaflets.
    -"Meet" and Potatoes was auctioned on eBay for $2,750. I believe it went over seas.
    -Betty the Elephant was relocated to the lawn outside Glocester City Hall
    -One of the statues is reportedly in the Roger Williams Park playground
    -Pizza Potato is still at Caserta Pizza
    -There was one reportedly in the Rhode Island building at the Eastern States Exposition in Springfield, Massachusetts
    -Original Mr. Potato Head still stands at the Hasbro offices in Pawtucket, RI.
    -The Tourist Tater was surrounded in controversy from the beginning. Amid many claims that it appeared racist, it was                      removed after only a few weeks on display.