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Gorilla & Monkey Statues

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Mighty Joe
Shamong, NJ
Mighty Joe was previously located in Wildwood, NJ. He was installed at the Islander Raceway and Amusement Park where he was known as George the Gorilla. Today, a sign covers the two holes in his chest that had slides projecting from them. He was installed here at Mighty Joe's Gas Grill & Deli as a tribute to the owner's son who died of cancer. There were two other giant gorilla statues in Wildwood which are long gone. A new King Kong statue was installed in 2015. For more, see these websites: 1 and 2. [map]

Gorilla
Virginia Beach, VA
The Virginia Beach Gorilla, aka Hugh Mongous, stands in front of the Ocean Breeze Water Park. He is about 55 feet tall and wears a Hawaiian shirt, shorts and sunglasses. The original sculpture was about 65 feet tall and installed here in 1985. It was created in 1978 by Paul Dipasquale for a Richmond bank promotion. Afterwards, the statue was trucked to Virginia Beach to Jungle Falls (later Wild Water Rapids and now Ocean Breeze). The statue was reduced to a shell by fire in 1989. He was restored with clothes and sunglasses added at that time. For more, see this website. [map]

There was another Giant Ape here when the place was previously known as Wild Water Rapids.

Gorilla
San Angelo, TX
Gorilla
Austin, TX
Gorilla
Austin, TX
Gorilla
Waco, TX
Gorilla
Denver, CO
These fiberglass gorilla statues were produced in the 1960s and 1970s by Ben Robinson of the Plycrete Mold Co. of Elk Rapids, MI. The original sculptures from which these molds were made were created by Elmer Johnson. These statues were most frequently sold along with figures of other animals and people to mini golf courses.

This Gorilla statue in San Angelo is installed in front of Scrub University. [map]

The first Gorilla statue in Austin shown above has been installed in front of a residence since at least 2007. [map]

The pink Gorilla statue in Austin shown above has been installed in front of Big Star Bingo since at least 2007. [map]

This Gorilla statue in Waco is installed in front of a residence. Known as "Darwin," he is frequently repainted for different holidays and special events. The statue has been there since at least 2005. [map]

This Gorilla statue in Denver stands in front of All Checks Cashed. This photo is from 2010. By 2014, the statue had been painted purple and orange. In 2015, the statue was painted black. [map]

King Kong
Natural Bridge, VA
This King Kong statue was created in 2002 by Mark Cline. It stood next to the Pink Cadillac Diner when these photos were taken in 2010. The statue was removed in 2012 and is now back at Mark Cline's Enchanted Castle Studios in Natural Bridge. For more, see this website. [map]

Gorilla
Cave City, KY
Queen Connie
Brandon, VT
King Kong
Livingston, IL
Gorilla
Rice Lake, WI
Orangutan
Olin, IA
Chimpanzee
Ellensburg, WA
The Gorilla in Cave City stands by the road in a parking lot between an old mini golf and a sports bar. I assume it was originally located on the mini golf course. There were previously other animal statues with him. I believe this gorilla statue was produced by the Fiberglass Menagerie of Alpine, CA in the 1970s. For more, see this website. [map]

Queen Connie is a 19 feet tall, 16 ton gorilla statue. She holds aloft a VW Beetle at Pioneer Auto Sales, a used car dealer. The statue was built in 1985 by T.J. Neil. The name "Queen Connie of Concrete" came from some school children in a naming contest. For more, see this website. [map]

The King Kong in Livingston is located at Pink Elephant Antique Mall. This photo is from 2012. I don't see the statue at the Google Street View map from 2013. However, the statue may have been moved around. It appeared to be unpainted fiberglass when this photo was taken. It looks like it was probably produced from Mark Cline's mold of the Natural Bridge statue shown above.

The Gorilla statue in Rice Lake is installed on the roof of the McHenry Mercantile pawn shop. Does anyone know the history of this guy? [map]

This Orangutan statue is installed in front of Greg's Pit Stop bar. These statues were mass-produced and perhaps still are. [map]

This Chimpanzee statue is a bronze depiction of Washoe, the first non-human to use American Sign Language. The statue of Washoe signing the word "friend" was installed in the newly created Friendship Park in 2012. It was produced by Georgia Gerber. For more, see this website. [map]

More Gorilla Statues:
Crystal River, FL
Spencer, IN
York Beach, ME
Sikeston, MO [gone]
Fayetteville, NC [gone]
Wildwood, NJ: 1, 2 [gone]
Lake George, NY [gone]
Cincinnati, OH
Claremore, OK
Picher, OK
Berwick, PA
Austin, TX
Covington, VA
Ansted, WV

Monkey Statues:
Roseville, OH
Memphis, TN
Burlington, VT

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