'Mr. Cub' statue from Wrigley gets makeover

Associated Press  |  Last updated November 10, 2011
A statue of ''Mr. Cub'' that normally sits outside the main entrance to Wrigley Field has been hauled to Peoria for an off-season makeover. The bronzed likeness of Chicago Cubs legend Ernie Banks had been outside Wrigley Field since March 2008. But artist Lou Cella tells the (Peoria) Journal Star (http://bit.ly/rNORzO) that the statue he created was turning green. ''It was oxidizing a little too fast, and the Cubs didn't want it to,'' he said. The 400-pound bronze figure was trucked to Bradley University earlier this month - covered up for the ride so it wouldn't attract attention, said artist Kyle Chipman, who is working with Cella to clean up the statue. The statue's old finish was burned off with a torch, sandblasted and degreased before getting a chemical coating to change the appearance of its surface. Then Banks' likeness was waxed and buffed and given a new coat of lacquer. By the weekend, the statue should be headed back to Wrigley Field. Working on the statue, Chipman said, is ''a huge high and I'm glad Lou wanted us to be a part of it.'' --- Information from: Journal Star, http://pjstar.com
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