Time for another picture from the trip. This one is sublimely and accurately listed in Roadside America as “Incredibly Ugly Statue of Nathan Bedford Forrest.” Located in Nashville, Tennessee and erected in 1998, it’s been a target of vandalism and derision ever since, and deservedly so. Apparently it’s been shot at several times.
One blogger commented that there is no need for vandals to target this statue because the statue does the job perfectly well by itself. Unfortunately while researching it I ended up stumbling across a few blogs belonging to those weird neo-Confederate types and now I’m in a bad mood, but I find it funny that even these people are offended by this statue- not because a Nathan Bedford Forrest statue was erected, but because the statue is so damn ugly that it’s a disgrace to him and all his great works. So everyone hates it!
I think it’s an interesting side note that the sculptor of this statue was Jack Kershaw, best known as a lawyer who defended Martin Luther King Jr.’s assassin. The owner of the statue is some wealthy attorney who has erected it on private land and enjoys flaunting his right to display it. It’s carefully situated so that it’s facing the highway for all to see and it’s impossible to miss, but still on private land.
And then in a timely fashion, there was this:
I guess the bright side here is that the Mold-a-Rama-like statue is so ridiculous and heinous that it’s legendary as a laughingstock. People like Jon and me come from miles away to take pictures of it, laugh at it, then post about it online to invite others to laugh at it. Forrest looks like an elf, or maybe a psychotic leprechaun. Upon looking closely at his face, I noticed his eyes are a brilliant aquamarine, a weird touch. So the sculptor and the statue’s owner got all the attention that they craved by erecting this hideous thing, but not really the kind of attention they would have wanted exactly.
I have another picture of a different incredibly ugly statue in Nashville. If I remember, I’ll post that one later.