Queen Connie

Queen Connie, Leicester, VT

Queen Connie is the most recent portrait in the ongoing These 50 States project.

This 19-foot tall concrete gorilla stands in front of Pioneer Auto Sales on Route 7 between Leicester and Salisbury, Vermont. In 1987, when Vermont artist T. J. Neil was commissioned by the owner to build a statue, he apparently thought of a giant gorilla holding a car. The owners agreed to his vision with the condition that the other hand extend down to allow for people to sit in it.

If anyone wants a portrait taken with Queen Connie, let me know…

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