Florida Statues (page 3)

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Big John
Cape Coral, FL


This Big John statue was installed at this shopping center in 1969. These statues were produced by the General Sign Company in Cape Girardeau, MO. While being moved to this location from Missouri, the statue was decapitated and the head had to be repaired upon arrival. The statue originally revolved on its base. The Big John supermarket was part of a chain based in Illinois where there are still several other Big John statues. When the supermarket in Cape Coral closed in 1986, the statue's grocery bags were removed from his arms. The shopping center was renamed Cape Coral Town Center. At some point, nautical flags were painted on the front and back of the statue's shirt. In 2011, the statue was repainted. The two grocery bags were retrieved from storage and reinstalled. In 2022, the statue was badly damaged in Hurricane Ian. His upper torso has slipped over his lower torso. The statue will be repaired. For more, see these websites: 1 and 2. [map]

Esso Oil
Drop Man [gone]
Trenton, FL
Garden Gnome
Vero Beach, FL
Ochopee, FL
tiki statues
Indialantic, FL
This Esso Oil Drop Man is a modern, fiberglass statue based on the small, plastic figurines given out at Esso gas stations in the 1950s and 1960s. This statue was located at Trimm Auction Services. There is a gym at the location now. I don't know if Trimm moved somewhere else.

This Garden Gnome is located at the Busy Bee Lawn & Garden Center. It was installed around 2020. There was a dragon there before that. There is another gnome statue like this one in Denton, TX. [map]

This Bigfoot statue is installed in front of the Skunk Ape Headquarters. [map]

These tiki statues were installed on the side of the Lou's Blues building sometime between 2012 and 2015. [map]

Tampa, FL
Daytona Beach, FL
The Punch statue in Tampa is installed in front of Edward's Pipe & Tobacco Shop. I believe it has been there since 2019. This statue is modern and would have originally held a tray like the one in Alameda, CA. This character, based on the Punch and Judy puppet character, has been used as the Punch cigar brand's mascot since 1840. The brand is still produced today. [map]

The Punch statue in Daytona Beach is installed inside Don KiKi Cigars Superstore.

Humpty Dumpty
St. Petersburg, FL
Humpty Dumpty
Tallahassee, FL (now Crawfordville, FL)
This Humpty Dumpty statue in St. Petersburg has been installed in front of Skyway Jack's restaurant since at least 2011. It probably came from a mini golf course, most likely a Goofy Golf. [map]

This foam Humpty Dumpty statue was part of a hospital billboard. It was built by Lamar Graphics. The statue had been there since 2019. These photos are from 2021. In 2023, the statue was donated to the Crawfordville Library where it is displayed near the entrance. [map]

Attorney Aaron Watson
Pensacola, FL
Devil [gone]
Orlando, FL
This statue of Attorney Aaron Watson statue is attached to a billboard advertising for Watson Firm Attorneys at Law. It is 17 feet tall and was installed in 2020. It was created by Lamar Advertising. The company produced a similar billboard in Baton Rouge, LA. For more, see this website. [map]

This Devil statue was installed on top of the sign at Hotspray Industrial Coatings around 2020. By 2022, the sign was gone.

Chinese Gods
Orlando, FL
These statues of Chinese Gods have been installed in front of the Phuoc Loc Tho Super Oriental Market since at least 2007. They represent Fu (Fortune), Lu (Prosperity), and Shou (Longevity). They are considered the three essential elements for a happy life in Chinese culture. For more, see this website. [map]

Fort Myers, FL


This Buddha statue was installed in front of the Bamboo Inn around 1961 when the restaurant opened. The business behind him later became the Buddha Bar & Grill. It is now known as Buddha LIVE. The statue is about five feet tall. In 2020, the statue was painted red. It may be painted gold again later. [map]

Altamonte Springs, FL
These Nativity statues are 19 feet tall. The group has been moved at least a couple of times. It was installed in Orlando and, after that, Apopka. It is now in a residential neighborhood. [map]

Presidents Hall of Fame
Clermont, FL
This Presidents Hall of Fame opened in the 1960s as a wax museum. In the 1970s, the replica of the White House was built which now houses the museum. These statues of Abraham Lincoln, the Statue of Liberty, Mount Rushmore, and a bugler are located outside of the museum. Inside, there are detailed dioramas, wax statues, White House photo-ops, and memorabilia. The bugler statue appears to be gone now. [map]

Gator Wrestler
Miami, FL
This Gator Wrestler statue was installed around 2009 in from of the Miccosukee Indian Village tourist attraction. [map]

More Florida:
misc. statues (Bokeelia)
Hercules (Clearwater)
Cowboy (East Palatka) [gone]
Hockey Player (Ellenton)
Vendor with Walkman (Fort Lauderdale)
Jai-Alai Player (Fort Pierce) [gone]
Roman Soldiers (Gotha)
Taco Bell Boy (Hudson)
Pirate (Key Largo) [gone?]
Wrecker (Key West) [gone]
Buccaneer (Longboat Key)
Diver (Marineland) [vintage; gone]
Caveman (Ocala) [vintage; gone]
Atlas (Orlando)
Basketball Player (Orlando) [gone]
The Traveler (Orlando)
King Neptune (Panama City Beach) [gone]
Ponce de Leon (St. Augustine)
Ponce de Leon (St. Augustine)
Ponce de Leon (St. Augustine)
Sphinx (Tampa)
Car Salesman (Winter Park) [gone]

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