Monday, January 6, 2014

Stinging their praises: An update on Rhode Island's giant Exeter Scrap Metal scorpion

 A year and a half ago, we did a post about the giant green and yellow scorpion statue made out of old propane tanks, engine parts and other scrap metal castoffs that sits at the entrance of Exeter Scrap Metal in Exeter, Rhode Island, Eccentric Roadside's hometown (click here to read it). It took a little while, but just recently the legit Rhode Island press (The Providence Journal) also did a story about the place that went into much greater detail (unlike us, they actually talked to someone there) that answered all the burning questions ("who owns the place?" "why a scorpion?" "does he have a name?") we were too, busy to ask.

Turns out the place is owned by a Mr. Kevin Gilligan, and the sculpture was created by various employees and family members and you can click here to read the full investigative report.

And we're sure when Thomas Jefferson said "The press is the best instrument for enlightening the  mind of man, and improving him as a rational, moral and social being," he meant stories about giant green and yellow scorpion statues.


Mod Betty / said...

"(unlike us, they actually talked to someone there)" - glad to know others are like me and often neglect this step ;-)

Gunnar and Sherry said...

That's right favorite time to shoot pics is when no one is around because I'm worried someone will chase me away with a shotgun, but then you don't get the back story.

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Unknown said...

Nice Post! Do you know about a horse driven wagon being passed? Do you Imagine men in beards, and also suspender held black overalls? Wives with cloth hats, full dresses with dicky and youngsters dressed? You do understand people who keep advanced tenet for themselves in spite of contemporaneous society moving away from them.

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Neat post. We are going to work on building a junk car transformer later this year. It is amazing what people are able to do with scrap metal and junk vehicles. If you have the skills, instead of selling your junk car or auto for cash, you should make art.