By Carlie Kollath/NEMS Daily Journal
The Tupelo Convention and Visitors Bureau is paying for a life-size Elvis Presley statue to be installed in front of City Hall.
The sculpture will replicate a 1956 photo by Roger Marshutz of Presley performing at a homecoming concert in Fairpark. The statue will be on a four-foot-tall platform and will be reaching down to the crowd.
“People will be able to reach up” and try to touch the statue like audience members did in the picture, said Neal McCoy, executive director of the CVB.
The statue will be in the grass between the dancing fountain and the Coldwell Banker Tommy Morgan Realtors building, he said.
Bill Beckwith has been hired to do the sculpture. Beckwith’s other works include Chief Piomingo in Fairpark, BB King in Indianola and William Faulkner on Oxford’s Square.
The Tupelo CVB board has allocated $50,000 to the project. The entire project is going to cost $75,000 to $80,000. The CVB has partnered with the Tupelo Elvis Presley Fan Club for the project. McCoy said the fan club is going to raise the remaining money.
Read more in Tuesday’s NEMS Daily Journal newspaper.