Random thoughts about roadside art, National Parks, historic preservation, philosophy of technology, and whatever else happens to cross my mind.
Thursday, July 26, 2012
Some northwoods fiberglass
Located next to the visitor information center on Wisconsin Highway 70 in St. Germain, Wisconsin. I could not find an ID tag on him so don't know if he's a F.A.S.T. product or not. I am assuming he's fairly old, probably late '50s or early 1960s, because the level of detail and the overall finish isn't as good as on more recent products.
According to various sources, there never was an actual Chief St. Germain. The statue is supposedly a tribute to the Native American heritage of the area, or at least that's the current explanation. The reality is that if it really were a tribute (or if the local Ojibwe had been consulted), Chief St. Germain would probably be wearing a shirt instead of looking like a stereotype straight out of a 1950s Saturday matinee Western.