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Louisville is the birthplace of Hunter S. Thompson. Born in July 1937, Thompson grew up in the Cherokee Triangle neighborhood on Ransdell Avenue, attended nearby Bloom Elementary, Highland Middle, and Atherton High School. Thompson achieved fame for his writing, which became known as Gonzo Journalism for his tendency to insert himself into the story he was telling. A mural reading “Hunter’s Gonzoville” was placed along Bardstown Road a while ago to honor his hometown roots.

Now, a group of local community organizers, businessmen, GonzoFest Louisville, and Metro Louisville want to commemorate “the Man, the Myth and the Legacy” with a statue, and they’re asking for your help to make it happen. A GoFundMe page hoping to raise $120,000 for the project was launched 12 days ago and has already generated over $700 in local support. A kick-off party was held last Friday to jumpstart the campaign.

(Courtesy GonzoFest Louisville)
(Courtesy GonzoFest Louisville)

“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 campaign’s page reads. Sculptor Matt Weir plans to cast the life-size statue in bronze.

A maquette of the statue shows a Thompson draped with an American flag, a typewriter under his arms, and a tape recorder slung over his shoulder. “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,” the project website reads. Quotes from Thompson will be engraved onto the stone podium.

“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,” Weir said in a statement. “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.”

Go visit the project’s crowdfunding page to learn more.

 

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Branden Klayko

Founder and Editor at Broken Sidewalk
Branden founded Broken Sidewalk in 2008 while practicing architecture in Louisville. He continued the site for seven years while living in New York City, returning to Louisville in 2016. Branden is a graduate of the College of Architecture at Washington University in St. Louis, and has covered architecture, design, and urbanism for The Architect's Newspaper, Designers & Books, Inhabitat, and the American Institute of Architects.
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3 COMMENTS

  1. Thompson was a wealthy young alcoholic with a petty criminal cult following, even before his exile from Louisville was arranged to resolve a rape charge. That’s my kind of home town hero.

  2. Filson. I don’t see any reason why we shouldn’t have a statue of Thompson. I don’t see the city making any moves to put up one of those banners, that say (your name here’s) Louisville. So whats the issue with giving the guy a statue?

  3. “Thompson was a wealthy young alcoholic with a petty criminal cult following, even before his exile from Louisville was arranged to resolve a rape charge. That’s my kind of home town hero.”

    That is nonsense. Thompson was not from a wealthy family. He was the poorest among his peers and was the son of a lower middle class household. As for rape charges. What rape charge? Lots of accusations, but where is the evidence of an alleged rape?

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