Arthur Ashe is third most unintentionally terrifying statue

Personally I think numbers five and six are way worse.

The Arthur Ashe statue takes a lot of flack from Richmonders. Now it appears that Mental Floss has jumped on the bandwagon naming the statue in it’s list of “10 Unintenntionally Terrifying Statues of Famous People

In 1996, Ashe’s hometown of Richmond erected a statue in his likeness on Monument Avenue despite controversy that the tennis great didn’t belong amid the existing congregation of Confederate icons. But the bronze memorial, cast by Paul di Pasquale, is bizarre for more than just its location. In an attempt to capture Ashe’s dedication to social activism, he is shown holding books and a tennis racket high above the outstretched arms of a gaggle of children, frozen forever in a state of seemingly mocking them for their lack of height.

From more on the history of the statue check out this entry on the now inactive Richmond on the James.

Image:  rvaphotodude

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Richard Hayes

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