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Couch Potatoes statue relocating to new amusement park at COTA

The couch is moving but you'll still be able to see it in Austin. (Couchpotatoes.com)

Those three giant spuds that adorn the roof of Couch Potatoes, 10500 N Interstate 35 Frontage Road, are moving from their eye-catching highway spot to COTALAND, the Circuit of the America's new amusement park.


The move started Friday morning by Austin-based Matriarch Metalwork, who will handle the move of the 34-foot long, 22-foot tall statue. The potatoes will be on display at the park on Oct. 22.

Opening in summer 2022, COTALAND will have more than 18 rides—three of them rollercoasters—and officials say they'll have more announcements coming in early 2022.

"We are thrilled our 'Couch Potato' will stay in Austin and better yet, at COTA's new amusement park—where they will be viewed and enjoyed by thousands of guests throughout the year," co-owner of Couch Potatoes Brian Morgan said.

In addition to the new space, the couch potatoes are getting a makeover—a new sofa that will allow the statue to move more freely among the grounds. The gigantic old sofa officially needs a new home and interested parties should email bigmove@austincouches.com.

COTALAND is a fitting home for the "largest sofa in Texas," possibly the world but "it's hard to get the Guinness book people out to see it," as it was designed by a retired amusement park designer.

An Austin staple, the statue sat on southbound I-35 for eight years between Austin and Round Rock city limits. The sign includes three potatoes—one for each of the furniture store founders.

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