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Where is Norman Rockwell?

Norman Rockwell has gone missing. Hibernation for the winter?

Greendale residents may have noticed the Norman Rockwell statue missing from its usual place in the Village Center. 

Norman has gone into hibernation for the winter. 

Grandhaven Manager Anne Marie Pierce, owners of the statue, said that the corner he resides at is where they pile snow. 

"If it ever snows that is! As such we needed to remove him so we can be ready for snow plowing season," Pierce said. "We didn’t want him sitting under a big snow bank!"

The plan is to bring him back once the snow and ice melt and signs of Spring appear. There is no specific date but most likely end of March, early April.

The sculpture of the 20th century illustrator, located on the southeast corner of Broad Street and Northway, was approved by the Greendale Village Board this past summer. 

Roy Reiman, owner of Grandhaven, has said the sculpture — which was privately paid for — has the potential to attract more visitors to the Village Center.

Bren December 14, 2012 at 06:46 PM
Placing the statue in the snow pile zone wasn't very good planning, was it. I'm not sure about attracting visitors to Greendale, I have been asked by several people who have seen the statue to explain Norman Rockwell's connection to Greendale. Now this is important. Just to amuse myself, I try to see how fully I can develop the look of incredulity on the asker's face with my response. I do this for two reasons; first because I am interested in the plasticity of facial muscle structure overall and individual facial muscle structure variation in particular and this is a perfect observational opportunity; secondly because I want personal verification that my own reaction (incredulity) is valid. I explain that Norman had no connection to Greendale in life or death, and that he is perched on that corner because one person wants him there. I then toss in a quick question to see if they like the LED sign that provides an obstructed, eye-catching visual scream at passers-by to visit "Historic" Greendale. In these days one must find amusement as one can. Thank you, Greendale Village Board.
Carol December 15, 2012 at 04:58 PM
Bren, Is there anything that you don't complain about? Everyone loves the Norman Rockwell statue & I have seen alot of people taking pictures of it. Greendale is a quaint village & he fits right in. Maybe you should move someplace else since you don't seem to like anything that's done here. And if it wasn't for Roy Reiman our Village Center would be a ghost town. Would you be happy being the "top ghost"??
Joana Briggs December 15, 2012 at 05:49 PM
Norman has been a delightful neighbor. Many people have come here just for a photo opp and some stayed to shop. I have enjoyed the scarfs and hats. In fact, I presumed he was taken inside for display because of the broad empathy. I am concerned about the little girl dancing in the cold. Aren't their protective bubbles for statues?
Spate Cooley December 16, 2012 at 02:45 PM
If Bren had a solid gold spike in his butt he would complain that it hurt.
Jason Patzfahl December 17, 2012 at 08:53 PM
@ Carol: Wow! If Normal Rockwell has added that much to Greendale in under one year, surely he should be nominated for Greendale's "Person of the Year."
Jason Patzfahl December 17, 2012 at 09:10 PM
I'm no art critic, but I did receive a "B" in Art History at UWM and I eat at Ferch's a lot, which is near the statue, so I'm just as entitled to an opinion as anyone else in the community: Greendale has been designated as a Preserve America Community, which recognizes Greendale’s efforts regarding historic preservation initiatives - which is why we probably should NOT have allowed a statue of an artist who had NO ACTUAL connection to Greendale so close to the "Town Square." When people ask, "Why Normal Rockwell?" Are we supposed answer, "Because the richest dude in Greendale had a bro-mance for him?" If we really want to attract attention to downtown Greendale via a new statue, we should do so with historical accuracy. I suggest a statue of Eleanor Roosevelt, who we all know was implementable in the creation of our community (plus she actually visited Greendale). And statues of first ladies are extremely rare: There's a Mary Todd Lincoln in Racine, two Eleanor Roosevelts in NYC, a Pat Nixon outside a senior center in Cerritos, California and a Mrs. Grant in Illinois - that's it! Now the question is, Where does the $ come from? Idea: Hault the construction of the golden arches leading into Greendale from Grange and let the Greendale Chamber of Commerce pay the rest (since we are forking the bill for their LED sign).
Carol December 17, 2012 at 09:47 PM
Can't believe how you guys feel about the Norman Rockwell statue. Everyone loves it and the corner looks so empty without him. Jason, if it wasn't for the "rich dude" who you said is responsible for having the statue here, the village center would be a dumpy, deserted area. Have you ever seen how busy it is on a weekend? No other community has all the functions in summer like we have. Take a look at Greenfield, Franklin or Hales Corners. Do you see the "quaintness" there? Let's appreciate how lucky we are to have such a nice place to live.
Jason Patzfahl December 18, 2012 at 02:17 PM
That was all there BEFORE the fake Normal Rockwell - and will be here in the Winter while he is in "hibernation."

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