Hunter S. Thompson Hometown Statue

$1,750 of $120k goal

Raised by 32 people in 18 months
Nick Garing  LOUISVILLE, KY

Calling all fans of Hunter S. Thompson and Gonzo Journalism!!!! For three decades Hunter brought us some of the most iconic literature and redefined what media is today. As part of an initiative between local community organizers and businessmen, GonzoFest Louisville and the city of Louisville we are calling on YOU for the first big push towards raising the funds necessary for each stage of this life-size bronze statue of Hunter S. Thompson: creation, placement and maintenance for generations to come.

Bronze is not a cheap medium, and we will need your help, but this beautiful metal will last forever for all the world to see. 

The statue was commissioned as the result of a series of suggestions written by Kentucky poet Ron Whitehead to Louisville mayor Greg Fischer of ways that Louisville could honor Hunter S. Thompson- the Man, the Myth and the Legacy.

"The statue of author and Gonzo journalist Hunter S. Thompson distills the life and popular identity of the man to the writer's young visionary self,” says sculpture Matt Weir. “In particular, I have determined Hunter's iconic campaign defeat for Sheriff of Pitkin County, Colorado as the visual fulcrum on which to depict and balance Hunter's complex and contentious identity.” 

Weir, a master sculptor, was commissioned to create the statue.

As Hunter's artist counterpart, Ralph Steadman, observed, "To watch Hunter, as he was then, is to watch the flesh and bones of a very real naive American pioneer full of uncertainty and yet the sense of wrong that was being forced onto the people."

The statue represents Hunter with an American flag draped over his shoulders. He is depicted with his typewriter under his arm and recorder at his side. The design also contextualizes Hunter S. Thompson in a heroic statuary composition, wherein the bronze is mounted on top of two, stair or bench like, tiers of granite on which visitors are encouraged to visit and relax. Furthermore, wrapping around the top tier of the granite pedestal, a quote of Hunter's will be engraved into the stone.

Ladies and Gentlemen, readers, activists, scholars, journalists and vagrants: Hunter S. Thompson gave us a National Treasure! Join us as we pay tribute to the Godfather of Gonzo Journalism, and participate in his legacy, and the immortalization of Prophet of the Mortality of the American Dream. 

This is a chance for HUNTER'S FANS EVERYWHERE to be part of GONZO HISTORY! Make your mark in this incredible and exciting venture.

Take a moment to look through the perks ( www.imgur.com/a/QM7nB) and make a contribution or just give what you can. Take a look at our Instagram, twitter, Facebook, and other websites. Please share, like, and help us spread the word. Gonzo is in YOUR hands! Write! Create! Live Free! Donate!

Keep Louisville Gonzo!
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Update 1
Posted by Nick Garing
16 months ago
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Hello Gonzo world, just a quick update about the campaign. Nick Garing, Gonzo Legacy Productions board member, will be receiving the weekly GoFundMe checks from the campaign. Upon receipt of those funds they will be placed into a bank account until the Gonzo Legacy Productions 501c3 bank account is up and running. Once that account is up and running all donations will be directly routed there.

Keep the donations coming! Let's get this statue built! Stay Gonzo!
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Wes Kirkland
14 months ago

Hunter was a bad ass and a genius. Nice

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$1,750 of $120k goal

Raised by 32 people in 18 months
Created October 13, 2015
Nick Garing  
AG
$250
Andrew Griffin
7 months ago

Buy the ticket, take the ride.

JM
$25
John&Amy McIntyre
12 months ago

"Yesterday's weirdness is tomorrow's reason why." - HST :)

RD
$5
Robb Duprey
12 months ago
RP
$50
Ryan Potter
14 months ago
$5
John Doe
15 months ago
$25
Ben Kraft
17 months ago
BH
$50
Bob Hill
18 months ago

U GO Hunter

JL
$25
Jessica L
18 months ago
$25
Jason Asbury
18 months ago
MS
$25
Matt Smith
18 months ago
1
1

Thank you so much for honoring such a wonderful and strange individual. "There he goes, one of gods own prototypes, some kind of high powered mutant, never even considered for mass production. Too weird to live, too rare to die."

Wes Kirkland
14 months ago

Hunter was a bad ass and a genius. Nice

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