Ohio Landmark "Touchdown Jesus" is No More

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  1. WhyaDuck?

    WhyaDuck? Inactive

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    I have fond memories of this quite odd (and fairly famous) statue, but tonight the bizarre landmark was struck by lightening and burned down. Not surprizing, since it was made of wood and painted styrofoam on a metal frame.


    More at:
    http://www.middletownjournal.com/news/middletown-news/touchdown-jesus-destroyed-by-fire-762245.html
     
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  3. WhyaDuck?

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    Update on the aftermath:

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    More at:
    http://www.middletownjournal.com/ne...fire-damages-estimated-at-700-000-762245.html
     
  4. Nova

    Nova New Member

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    It appears God really meant what He said about idolatry.
     
  5. teedie2

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    You think he will knock out Catholic Churches (for example) next? They have lots of statues.
     
  6. WhyaDuck?

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    I will say this piece really had to be seen to be believed. It looked like it was sculpted out of cream cheese. I never passed it without noticing it, that's for sure.

    The run between Toledo and Dayton just got a lot more dull.
     
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    I was sad to wake up today to this news. I know a lot of people aren't sad to see it go but I am. I always thought it looked like it was sculpted from butter. If you have never seen it it person, you cant get a real sense of the actual size. It was huge! I always looked foward to seeing it on my trips from Cincinnati to Dayton.
     
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    Recovering-Lurker I'm Back and on My Best Behavior

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    To be clear, I was just kidding. I don't have a problem with religious iconography per se, nor do I believe the Creator of an infinite universe spends his time destroying bad art. Unfortunately.
     
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    Not sure this could be considered "art" as such... but it certainly was distinctive.

    Scared the living crap out of me the first time I saw it - it was dark, and I didn't see the pond, so I thought he was busting up out of the ground.

    Now he apparently looks like the Terminator, since all that remains is the metal frame. The church even had a "He'll be Back" sign up!
     
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    I'm kind of concerned about how many toxins this thing released into the air as it burned - that much fiberglass and "plastic foam" must have made an awful stink.
     
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    Seriously, the thing always gave me the creeps. I am sad to see it go, though. It was definately one of the most interesting landmarks around here. I heard that they are planning to rebuild as soon as possible?
     
  13. WhyaDuck?

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    I suspect the Styrofoam molds are still some place, so I am sure they can rebuild.

    But I agree whole heartedly - it creeps me out, but I would miss it on my next foray into Ohio if it were gone.
     
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    When I saw the title I was wondering why Ohio had a landmark for Joe Montana.
     
  15. Nova

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    I was wondering how they dared to plagiarize the title "Touchdown Jesus."

    Everyone knows the real Touchdown Jesus is at Notre Dame U.

    But I don't suppose we can expect people who build statues out of styrofoam to have any respect for history or tradition or taste.

    All kidding aside, I'm not opposed to religious art. Nearly all the great Western art for over a thousand years was religious in nature.

    It's just sad to see how much the artistic standards of Christianity have declined of late... Just recently I was privileged to encounter the "World's Largest Cross" (well, one of them, since several make that claim) in Southern Illinois off I-70. Help me, Jesus!

    http://www.roadsideamerica.com/tip/4116


    For the record, I'll admit the plastic "Touchdown Jesus" makes the Illinois cross look tasteful by comparison.
     
  16. arielilane

    arielilane Justice for Morgan

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    I saw the beautiful Virgin Mary on the side of the bank building in Clearwater Fl.. I swear it resembled her exactly. Just thought I would add something to this post.

    I prayed and prayed as it was so touching and received the answer I needed at that point in my life.

    Does anyone know if it is still there?

    Goz
     
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