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Arkansas Statues

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Christ of the Ozarks
Eureka Springs, AR
The Christ of the Ozarks is seven stories tall and weight over two million pounds. His face is 15 feet tall and his arm-span is 65 feet. The statue is located on the grounds of The Great Passion Play complex. It was built from 1965-1966 by Emmett Sullivan. For more, see this website. [map]

Jo Jo
Helena, AR
Jo Jo, aka Spin Man, is the mascot for Pizza Inn. The chain was established in Dallas, TX in 1958. Locations were soon built in the Southeast and Southwest. Jo Jo was created in 1967 as a pizza-flipping, mustachioed chef. Dropped from the company's advertising for a decade or more, a more abstract version of the character was brought back in 2009. This Pizza Inn restaurant in West Helena had become a Pizza Pro when these photos were taken in 2010. The statue is now missing his red hat and mustache. I don't know of any other statues left like this one. There was a Workforce Center office in the building in 2013 but the statue was still there. For more, see these websites: 1, 2, 3, 4, and 5. [map]

Popeye
Springdale, AR (now Siloam Springs, AR)
2010: 2014:
This Popeye statue was produced by International Fiberglass in the 1960s. It was installed in front of the Allen Canning Company which produced Popeye brand spinach. In 2014, the statue was repainted and moved to Siloam Springs, AR. It stands in front of the Sager Creek Vegetable Company offices. Sager Creek bought out the Allen Canning Company. For more, see this website. [2014 photos thanks Beverly Watkins] [map]

Popeye
Alma, AR
The Popeye statue in Alma is installed in a fountain in a tiny downtown park. Alma claims to be the spinach capital of the world. There was a painted fiberglass and paper mache statue built in 1987. It is believed that one was saved by the sculptor's widow. That statue was replaced with this bronze version in 2007. [map]

There are other Popeye statues in Crystal City, TX, Chester, IL, and Las Vegas, NV. For more, see this website.

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