A Tennessee man is raising funds to create a chicken wire statue in remembrance of the late Grand Ole Opry star Minnie Pearl.
Although Pearl is still widely beloved for her bubbly personality and hilarious jokes, many country fans may be surprised to learn that her hometown of Centerville, Tenn. is lacking a proper memorial to the legend. A resident erected a bronze statue of the star in the town square in 2005, but later moved it to another state.
Ricky Pittman is a local artist who wants to create an 8-foot statue of Minnie Pearl made from chicken wire and colored bronze. Once it’s finished, he plans to donated it to the town of Centerville’s Minnie Pearl Museum for all to enjoy.
For the next month, Pittman is running a Kickstarter campaign to fund and complete the project before the town holds it’s National Banana Pudding Festival in October.
So why a chicken wire sculpture? For Pittman, it’s all about capturing people’s attention.
“When people see sculptures, they often walk straight past but with chicken wire they double take and return to have a closer look,” he writes. “You can see their brain is trying to work out how it’s made.”
You can find out more about the project and Pittman’s work here.