Installation work gets under way for Elvis statue

By Carlie Kollath/NEMS Daily Journal

TUPELO – Installation work began Monday for the Elvis Presley statue that is going up in front of City Hall.
Workers started clearing the grass and preparing for concrete to be poured later this week, depending on the weather. The statue will be unveiled Aug. 9.
The metal statue of Elvis will be about 11 feet tall, according to Sean Johnson at the Tupelo Convention and Visitors Bureau. The sculpture, which is being cast in Birmingham right now, replicates a 1956 photo by Roger Marshutz of Elvis performing at a homecoming concert in what is now Fairpark.
The statue will be on a four-foot-tall platform and reaches down to the crowd.
“The point is so the visitors can reach up and touch his fingertips,” Johnson said.
The attraction also is geared for tourist photo opportunities.
“The way the statue is situated, people can take pictures with Tupelo City Hall in the background or with Tupelo Hardware in the background,” Johnson said.
The statue also includes an interpretive plaque and a brick pathway. A layout from Tek 1 Studio shows the path leading through the trees to Tommy Morgan’s building on Fairpark Drive.
The Tupelo Elvis Fan Club is selling 200 engraved bricks to raise $25,000 for its share of the statue. The Tupelo CVB is contributing $50,000.
Johnson said only 35 bricks are left before they are sold out.
For more information about the statue, go to “New Elvis Statue in Tupelo, Mississippi” on Facebook.
carlie.kollath@journalinc.com