In Almaty, Kazakhstan, youthful bronze statues of The Beatles greet hikers on a tourist path. A permanent statue of Popeye the Sailor celebrates the self-proclaimed spinach capital of the world in Alma, Arkansas. And in Salem, Massachusetts, infamous for the tragedy of the Salem Witch Trials, a statue of the TV witch “Samantha” from Bewitched pays a winking homage to the sordid local history.
These examples illustrate that it’s not unusual for pop culture icons to find their way into immortal remembrances typically thought of as reserved for historical figures and their associated grand locations. For pop culture, however, the connection isn’t always as prevalent.
Case in point: Life-sized statues of John Belushi & Dan Aykroyd, in costume and posing as their famous Blues Brothers characters, stand (or perhaps dance is more appropriate) on the roof of the Mount Desert Spring Water bottling plant.
One part eye-catching roadside attraction, designed to draw attention to the water station by passers-by, another part clear homage by a fan of the characters, it’s hard to overlook this quirky signage, even if it’s still hard to think of a reason why they’re there.