Statue Moving from the Edison Restaurant to the Edison & Ford Winter Estates
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Chris Pendleton, President & CEO
Lisa Wilson, PR & Marketing Director
Edison Statue Returning to Edison & Ford
Winter Estates Museum
FORT MYERS, Fla. (November 17, 2015) -- On November 18, the iconic, 10-foot-tall, wooden Edison statue will be moved from The Edison Restaurant back to Edison & Ford Winter Estates for placement in the Museum. The huge Edison statue will be one of the artifacts and souvenirs on display in the new exhibit, Edison and Ford in Florida which opens on Sunday, November 22, 2:00 – 5:00 p.m.
Local sculptor, Rod Becklund, created the statue in 1996 from
a historic Moreton Bay Fig tree planted by Thomas Edison in 1916 as part
of his rubber research project. After the huge tree was
removed, viable parts of it were kept for the nursery, while other
parts where carved into art pieces and sold, allowing Edison Ford to
recoup the $6,500 tree-removal fee. The statue was on display for several years
at the Edison Mall and was later moved and on loan to The Edison
Art movers and curatorial staff will move the 4,000-pound statue early on November 18. Finally, the 100-year-old tree will be back home at the Edison & Ford Winter Estates, greeting visitors and welcoming them to exhibits in Edison’s museum. Call for details on the moving schedule.