Aliens, Pharaohs & Mermaids Invade Jeffersonville

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Alien sits in Jeffersonville, pondering brain. (Branden Klayko / Broken Sidewalk)
Alien sits in Jeffersonville, pondering brain. (Branden Klayko / Broken Sidewalk)
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Sitting peacefully on a concrete platform on the corner of Mulberry Street and Chestnut Street in Jeffersonville, a few out-of-town ‘visitors’ watch the river town’s traffic roll by. Statues of a green alien, an Egyptian pharaoh and a golden lion are among the creatures passing time on the one-time pedestals for the elevated railroad approaching the Big Four Bridge down the street.

Walking down Mulberry Street, dozens of the 4-foot-by-4-foot concrete bumps parallel the road. At one time, a giant steel structure held up passing trains, but now serve as a reminder of the rail that used to be. There’s quite an arrangement of figures sitting there now, each centered on one of the plinths.

Jeffersonville invaded by exotic creatures
Jeffersonville invaded by exotic creatures. (Branden Klayko / Broken Sidewalk)
A mermaid and a dolphin lay in the sun
A mermaid and a dolphin lay in the sun. (Branden Klayko / Broken Sidewalk)
Concrete plinths once held up elevated the railroad
Concrete plinths once held up elevated the railroad. (Branden Klayko / Broken Sidewalk)
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2 COMMENTS

  1. It never ceases to amaze me that folks can be creative, whimsical and find the positive in their circumstances. I’m sure there would be a faction who would not like these artworks but I think they’re great. And wow!, using the word plinth, that is just huge language bonus for me, since brevity seems to trump all languague useage in todays world. The city is getting it right. Their plan to create something with spirit, employing a soaring vision for everyones ultimate benefit, is, to me, government at its best. The change will not be easy. The city and people are thinking alike though, both are finding the good in their circustances, and neither wil let opportunities pass them by.

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