‘Mr. Cub’ statue from Wrigley gets makeover

A statue of ”Mr. Cub” that normally sits outside the main

entrance to Wrigley Field has been hauled to Peoria for an

off-season makeover.

The bronzed likeness of Chicago Cubs legend Ernie Banks had been

outside Wrigley Field since March 2008. But artist Lou Cella tells

the (Peoria) Journal Star (http://bit.ly/rNORzO) that the statue he

created was turning green.

”It was oxidizing a little too fast, and the Cubs didn’t want

it to,” he said.

The 400-pound bronze figure was trucked to Bradley University

earlier this month – covered up for the ride so it wouldn’t attract

attention, said artist Kyle Chipman, who is working with Cella to

clean up the statue.

The statue’s old finish was burned off with a torch, sandblasted

and degreased before getting a chemical coating to change the

appearance of its surface. Then Banks’ likeness was waxed and

buffed and given a new coat of lacquer.

By the weekend, the statue should be headed back to Wrigley


Working on the statue, Chipman said, is ”a huge high and I’m

glad Lou wanted us to be a part of it.”

Information from: Journal Star, http://pjstar.com