Woodstock Orson Welles Statute Dedication Friday Evening

Statue of Orson Welles which will be dedicated Friday evening in Woodstock.

6:30 this Friday, June 8th,  at the pedway just north of the movie theater, the Orson Welles sculpture will be dedicated.

The sculptor is Bobby Joe Scribner.

He lives in Woodstock and is a Professor at the American Academy of Art in Chicago.

He made the sculpture after meeting Orson Welles’ mistress who was in Woodstock two years ago for a celebration of Orson Welles life.

She lives in Croatia and was his lover for the last 25 years of his life.

In a conversation with Bobby Joe, she commented that it’s a shame there was no statute of Orson Welles in his own country, while was one in Croatia .

Bobby Joe made the clay sculpture with no expectation.

As it turns out the Mural garden presented is the ideal opportunity and the thing is now cast in bronze. It will last for 100 years and more.

Bobby Joe donated the clay sculpture, but it cost over $10,000 to cast it in bronze.

It is a three-quarter life-size statue and a remarkable likeness of Welles.

We had it cast at “inBronze” foundry in Mt. Morris near Oregon Illinois.


Woodstock Orson Welles Statute Dedication Friday Evening — 28 Comments

  1. Wells, a real sweetie, with alot of sicko friends.

    I guess the grandees of Woodstock (Brian Sagger & Co.) never bothered to read this: https://vault.fbi.gov/george-orson-welles

    But then again maybe they actually can read and did read it, and that’s why they love him so!

    Hemmingway called him real bore.

  2. Would rather see a statue of McHenry County’s Cletus Q. Public, complete with pockets turned out, emptied by the Illinois Kleptocrats.

  3. What a stupid vapid waste of time and effort. Doesn’t even look like Orson.

  4. More tax money thrown into ditch.

    Hope the MS-13 Mexican machete gangs Lord Mayor sager is bringing to Woodstock will appreciate it!

  5. What’s with the grate it’s resting on?

    Looks like a beard-trimmed Karl Marx.

    Is that Sager’s little joke on us?

  6. My God. What is wrong with you folks?

    The whole world has degenerated into an “Us vs Them” brawl to you.

    Orson Welles is long gone, can’t puncture your little bubble and had deep ties to Woodstock.

    What was little lives you must !ead.

  7. Orson Welles or one of the Smith Bros?

    The sculptor needs to go back to art school and work on heads, which is the most difficult part of sculpting … particularly heads of people for which photos exist and millions of people would recognize IF it was a good likeness. Maybe the angle is just bad.

    The sculptor should have stuck to faces where there isn’t any detailed comparisons in existence. Like Jesus, Don Quixote, random equestrian rider, etc.

    Who’s paying for this thing?

  8. Joek, come on, does it really look like Welles?

    Not from the picture.

  9. At Yuletide, just put a Christmas cap on it and bring the kids to a non-molesting, non-alcoholic ‘Santa.’

    This ‘Santa’ won’t even brainwash your kids to buy expensive video games.

  10. I really need to get a pair of the statue’s earth shoes.

    Does Heisler’s sell ’em?

  11. Note to self.

    Stop by dedication ceremony, celebrating bloated Hollywood gadfly and rip a giant fart.

  12. Anyone taking bets on how long it will take before the birds
    start crapping on it ?

  13. In a very near future we will see a statue honoring the memory of our sunshine blogger; not sure about the location though, perhaps in our closest landfill…tic, tock, tic, tock, tic, tock, tic, tock, meeeeeoooooowwwwwww

  14. The ten thousand dollar question is who paid the ten thousand dollars to cast it in bronze, as this article states?

    Not long ago, Woodstock City Council approved of paying for a plaque commemorating socialist Eugene Debs.

    Fortunately, the teachers’ union ended up paying for it, but had it not been for them the taxpayers of Woodstock would have paid for it.

    The reason people are making a fuss isn’t because they’re sad or bored, it’s because Woodstock has high taxes, and there is a city council and apologists (like Carlos Acosta) who constantly say there is nothing to cut.

    Then it’s reported that they are spending money on flowers, plaques, and statues… And honestly why shouldn’t people left of center be pissed off about something like this too? Do you really think this is a partisan issue?

    Half the students at D 200 are low-income, the roads in town are crumbling, and now there’s going to be a new statue!

    It really comes down to what your definitions of social contract and public good are (as well as prioritization).

    Should government have well defined functions, or should they be spending money on statues or whatever because “community ties” or some other vague feel-good rationalization?

    I’m not sure how this was funded, but I hope it was privately financed.

  15. A statue to honor Eugene Debs is a great idea. Thanks for bringing it up. Stay tuned…tic, tock, tic, tock, tic, tock, meow, meeeeeoooooowwwwwwwww…

  16. On this issue I will probably need to disagree with my dear friend Carlos Acosta. Perhaps there is some room to make cuts with regards to our sunshine blogger’s belly; it has gotten way too out of control…tic, tock, tic, tock, tic, tock, meow, meeeeeoooooowwwwwww…

  17. IDK angel, how about a statue of Trump in McHenry County, since our county voted for him?

    How about a taxpayer funded sports Colosseum like Scott Walker did?

    Maybe we should take money that would have gone to schools and use it to help Starbucks?

    Which political party is mad at them today (I can’t keep track)?

    Why care about how money gets spent at all?

    As long as it pisses off someone I don’t agree with, it must be a good idea.

    @bred winner, he grew up there.

  18. Hey Bred, I’ll answer you.

    Although born in Kenosha, Welles who lived in Woodstock for about 4 years claimed he considered it home, but even he had qualifications about it.

    I like the idea of statues, but not this crappy one.

    Frymark is right, the resemblance blows.

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