Dr. Shapiro's Question of the Day V by ShapiroA

Question 3

It's in Durham, NC, it's 11'8" tall*, and it's called "The Can Opener". According to 11foot8.com, it has "earned a reputation for its unrelenting enforcement of the laws of physics". What is it?

(* This should actually be in the past tense, as the thing in question was recently altered and is now 12'4".)