|"We'll tear your soul apart!"|
|Reidsville's Confederate Monument|
at it's original location
That's how things should have worked in a sane world.
So the "leadership" of the City of Reidsville had its way, and though the Confederate monument was eventually repaired it was relocated to a nearby cemetery. In its place at the roundabout on Scales Street the city installed a wretchedly ugly planter and then for the past two years or so it's been a Christmas tree.
And now in place of the Confederate monument, the City of Reidsville has decided it will erect the eldritch abomination that you see above. Allegedly a water fountain, the creator of which has titled it "The Bud".
More often than not it's being called "The Thing". Local writers are describing it as something out of the Alien movie franchise (it definitely has that open-egg look going for it). Or like a prop from a Clive Barker "Hellraiser" film. I can't print what one person told me it looked like (it's that obscene). I should recite incantations around it when it goes up and try to summon Cthulhu with it.
Incidentally, this "work of art" which looks like third-rate H.R. Giger is going to cost at least $30,000.
Generations to come should remember it as "Festerman's Fountain": a monument to the most indolent, apathetic, indifferent and tyrannical city government in Reidsville history (and that's saying something).
Seriously: twenty years from now people will be looking at that eyesore and wondering "what the #&@$ were they thinking?!"