CAMP VERDE — The world’s largest kokopelli, commonly known as “that big flute player,” has been leaning over and giving silent performances in front of the Krazy Kokopelli Trading Post here for more than 20 years. The large sculpture stands 32 feet tall, sits atop a six-foot base and is painted yellow, so he’s probably one of the main reasons tourists stop to check out the variety of goods offered inside.
Lowell Johnson, one of the store owners when the kokopelli was erected, said that it was the world’s largest and nobody has disputed his claim since. It’s made of welded steel, cost $25,000 and weighs about five and one-half tons. It took Gerry Berg Sr. and his son, Gerry Jr., about 45 days to create and erect it. Major flute players will find the giant musician just east of Interstate 17 in Camp Verde.