RICHMOND (WRIC) – The Arthur Ashe statue on Monument Avenue and Roseneath Road has made Mental Floss‘ list of “10 Unintentionally Terrifying Statues of Famous People.”
The statue, which was dedicated in 1996, shows Ashe holding books in one hand and a tennis racket in other to show how he encouraged the importance of sports and education.
Mental Floss has named the statue on its list of “10 Unintentionally Terrifying Statues of Famous People.”
From the article:
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.
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