‘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
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