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Hunter S. Thompson Statue Proposed For Fremont Street (pic)

By Chuckmonster on Wednesday, 13th May 2009 2:25pm
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Plans to erect a statue in honor of the late Dr. Hunter S. Thompson on Fremont Street are being drawn up by an group of insightful and concerned non-locals calling themselves HSTLV. The display will consist of a life size bronze statue of Dr. Thompson pointing a shot gun at a similarly cast typewriter a few yards away, all of which sits atop an inlaid rendering of the two thumbed fist holding a peyote button - an icon Dr. Thompson used when he ran for Sheriff in Colorado in the early 1970s.

When budgeting for the project is complete, the plans will be submitted to the City of Las Vegas and most likely ignored. Funding for the project will come from public donations and or a grant from a generous benefactor - ahem.

Our first question is.... 'Why didn't we think of that?' The answer is... we did. There is no HSTLV, its us. (As if you couldn't tell from the lousy photoshop job).

Seriously... Dr. Thompson needs a statue right out front of the former Mint hotel towers pronto. How many cases of gin is it gonna take to get Mayor Oscar to sign off on this?

If you're with us... post a comment.



Comments & Discussion:

Count me in. Myself, I'm thinking do the statue based on Ralph Stedman's drawing of Duke sneaking out of the hotel carrying his typewriter.

Now the Las Vegas Walk of Stars has nominated the Good Doctor for a place on their Walk Of Stars. But like with the Hollywood Walk Of Fame, it's a pay to play thing. Getting his star (or Frank Sinatra's or Dean Martin's, or Sam Kinison's, or Bugsy Siegel's, or The Rat Pack as a whole) costs $20,000.

the hollywood walk of fame is a crock of shite. one of sinatra's stars is way off in the boonies at the intersection of sunset and highland outside the door to the old hollywood dmv.

I'm in, but only if the statue is made of Jello.

I think the statue should be of him fending off bats with a flyswatter.
Or him watching a waitress f*ck a polar bear

We'd have to put the "We can't stop here, this is bat country" statue somewhere around Barstow.

multiple jello statues in multiple locations? consider it done.

I second Vespajet's idea. That Steadman pose sums up the book and Thompson's drug-laden angst perfectly. If Ralph Kramden can stand watch over the Port Authority Bus Terminal in Manhattan, Raoul Duke can serve as a warning to those who go against the Great Magnet while escaping their destiny in Glitter Gulch.

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