What better way to do this as to have a local artist from the same town as Minnie Pearl to build her out of chicken wire? Why might one make “Minnie” from chicken wire you may ask? Only a hand full of sculptures have been made from chicken wire so this makes it very unique and intriguing. When people see sculptures, they often walk straight past but with chicken wire they double take and return to have a closer look. You can see their brain is trying to work out how it’s made.
Our goal is to create a project of six Chicken Wire Sculpture over the next few years for Centerville . A place for when people coming to visit Minnie Preal’s home town from all over the world, will have a really cool experience and be very proud of small town values.
We have set a smaller goal of 10,000.00 so that we can complete the eight foot Minnie Pearl statue and start one more, that we may be able to complete in time for our Banana Pudding Festival.
The more we raise from Kickstarter the better chance we have to complete all six statue and will set Stretch Goal as we go.
Since 2009 The home town of Minnie Pearl has been with out a statue of Minnie.
Well if you are a Minnie Pearl fan you probably all ready know the story, but in case you did not. A home town fan of Grand Ole Opry star Minnie Pearl had a bronze statue built in her honor in 2005, then got mad and moved it to another town in 2009, then to a winery in 2010, then to another state in 2011.
Minnie Pearl’s statue has fled across state lines. Her owner, Rod Harris, made the statue to inspire young people in Minnie’s home town of Centerville, Tennessee. An anonymous donor covered much of its $150,000 price tag. The donation came with a caveat: The statue couldn’t be moved from its position in front of the courthouse without Harris’ permission. The notion of moving her even a few feet in either direction irritates him. “Minnie Pearl should be center-stage,” says Harris, who runs a small music management company. But after several years The City of Centerville had to changed the statue position in order to re-route the traffic and increase parking around the Square, and Rod disagreed. He eventually ended up trucking Minnie to a hotel lobby in another town, then to a nearby winery, and now he’s taken her 100 miles northwest into Kentucky. The statue currently occupies a prominent spot in the main room of the Wrather West Kentucky Museum — although Rod has reserved the right to move her again whenever he wants to.
My name is Ricky Pittman, I am the founder and owner of egrapevinestore.com. We create grapevine arts and crafts from wild grapevines. I am a local artist from the same town as Minnie Pearl. What I am offering for you, is a chance to help me produce the Minnie Pearl Chicken Wire projects that has a one of a kind 8-foot statue of Minnie Pearl from chicken wire in this projects. It will then be donated to the town of Centerville, TN where her journey began. The Minnie Pearl Statue will be 8-foot-tall made out of chicken wire colored bronze. I’ve already started to produce it as a personal endeavor for our town and will continue long after this Kickstarer porject is over but realized it will be very expensive to complete on my own therefore, I am asking you to help me raise enough funds to complete the statue project.
I have an Ideal! I know I can do it! What I don’t know is how long it will take or how many times I will fail. -Ricky Pittman
The Location: Centerville Tn, of course (home of Minnie Pearl) and the Hickman County Chamber of Commerce will determined the best location possible in Centerville,Tn.
The town is located approximately 60+/- miles southwest of Nashville off I-40.
Minnie Pearl was from Grinder’s Switch that is located in Hickman County. The town square Centerville was recently restored and is located in one of the most beautiful areas of Tennessee with all the rolling hills and natural rock bluffs.
The goal to complete the Minnie Pearl project in time for our National Banana Pudding Festival 1st weekend in October, River Park,Centerville, TN. 2016 for all to view
YES! We know that not everyone is able to give financially, but there are other ways you can help. By spreading the word about this campaign on your Facebook, Twitter, Tumbler and other social media accounts, as well as passing the word along to your friends and family, you can help increase the buzz about our project and hopefully bring in more donations.
If we exceed the campaign goal, we will use all of the extra funds to expand the Minnie Pearl program by offering more variety of statues to the Hickman County Chamber of Commerce . They will define which and where each statue goes. All statues will be a donation with no caveat to the Hickman County Chamber of Commerce Centerville, TN.
The Hickman County Chamber of Commerce will have drawling to choose from.