Monday, October 05, 2009

Taken for Granite

The latest bit of handout-mooching from the Failed State of Arizona:

A prototype granite statue honoring American troops fighting overseas will soon make a 2,700 mile journey to Lake Havasu City after the Freedom Bridge Foundation beat about 300 applicants for the statue.

Millbury, Massachusetts-based Fireplace Mantels Etc. co-owners Mark and Debra Blain created the statue, which depicts an American soldier in uniform standing in front of a stone U.S.A. and waving an American flag. The couple decided to donate the statue after watching the film “Taking Chance,” in which Kevin Bacon plays a U.S. Marine bringing a fallen comrade home from battle.

“That movie moved us so much that after the movie we said let’s give it away to a deserving town or organization that would proudly display it,” Debra Blain said.

After a local town declined the gift, the Blains decided to invite cities across the country to apply for it
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The "local town" that rejected the sculpture for reasons of good taste? Swampscott, Massachusetts.

You're welcome, Arizona.

Update: Turns out, this bit of American cheese was made - wait for it - in China.

1 comment:

Krellinator said...

I KNEW I read about that somewhere. Great one. I love understated art.