The Bronze Look

Pop Statues

Musicians, actors, a comic-book hero, a little green frog, and other pop icons have all been honored with larger-than-life statues.

James Dean, Los Angeles

The breakout star of Rebel Without a Cause was in only a handful of movies before he died in a car accident in 1955, at age 24. Final scenes for Rebel were shot at the Griffith Observatory, which houses a bust by Kenneth Kendall, a Hollywood painter and sculptor.

Arthur Fonzarelli (a.k.a. The Fonz), Milwaukee

Installed downtown last August, a bronze version of the Happy Days character overlooks the Milwaukee River. The show, which ran between 1974 and 1984, was set here, the hometown of one of the show's producers.

Dorothy Gale, Chicago

Oz Park was named in 1976 to honor L. Frank Baum, author of The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, who lived several miles to the west. The book's heroine stands near a playground. There are also statues of the Tin Man, the Scarecrow, and the Cowardly Lion scattered throughout the park.

Jimi Hendrix, Seattle

The city's native son is depicted in the middle of one of the big guitar solos that made him famous. He's playing his guitar upside-down—a signature approach for this southpaw. The statue is near the intersection of Broadway Ave. and East Pine Street, in front of the entrance to Everyday Music, a record store.

Jim Henson and Kermit, College Park, Md.

The University of Maryland, Henson's alma mater, dedicated a statue in 2003 on what would have been his 67th birthday (he died in 1990). It's installed in front of the student union.

Ralph Kramden, New York City

Appropriately located in front of the Port Authority Bus Terminal on Eighth Avenue, the two-ton, eight-foot-tall version of Jackie Gleason's loudmouthed Brooklyn bus driver captures him looking a little smug.

Dolly Parton, Sevierville, Tenn.

The country-music star's bronze likeness is outside the county courthouse. Parton has called this addition to her hometown one of the biggest honors she has received.

Elvis Presley, Tupelo, Miss.

On the grounds of the house Elvis was born in, the statue of the King captures him at 13, his age when he and his family left for Memphis. The house is now a museum.

Superman, Metropolis, Ill.

Fifteen feet tall, the Man of Steel statue is installed in the southern Illinois town's square. A 1972 Illinois House resolution declared Metropolis Superman's hometown, but Metropolis was actually founded and named back in 1839, long before Superman arrived from Krypton. Every June, Metropolis has a four-day celebration devoted to Superman.

Trigger, Branson, Mo.

Moved with the Roy Rogers–Dale Evans Museum when it moved to Branson in 2003, the fiberglass statue of Trigger, Roy's trusty horse, rears to 19 feet.

John Wayne, Santa Ana, Calif.

A nine-foot bronze welcomes arrivals to John Wayne Airport, which changed its name in 1979, the year the Duke died.

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