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Norman Rockwell Sculpture Erected in Village Center

The statue has the ability to be turned so the painting on Norman Rockwell's easel will change based on which direction he is facing.

A sculpture of 20th century painter and illustrator Norman Rockwell was erected in the Village Center on Wednesday.

The painting on Norman Rockwell's easel will change based on which direction he is facing; the sculpture can be rotated. 

The sculpture, which is placed on village property, is paid for entirely by Grandhaven, LLC. 

allowing Grandhaven, LLC to move forward with the privately-funded statue of Norman Rockwell.

Roy Reiman, owner of Grandhaven, LLC, said the sculpture has the potential to attract more visitors to the Village Center at a board meeting.

Commissioners, including Village President John Hermes, said the and was a traffic hazard.

Grandhaven is the landlord of the Village Center shops and is owned by Roy Reiman. Reiman is the founder of Reiman Publications and has been credited with restoring the vitality of the Village Center 15 years ago.

Even though Norman Rockwell never visited or painted a picture of Greendale, the village has been marketed throughout the years as a Norman Rockwell-type of town.

A number of trustees agreed with Reiman that the sculpture will help the vitality of the Village Center and will help bring people in.

Bren August 29, 2012 at 06:39 PM
Sigh.
Greendale Citizen August 30, 2012 at 01:59 PM
Drove right on by...my teenage kids asked why that was put there? I didn't know what to say. "Our Village Board seems to think that Mr. Reiman's passion will bring more visitors to Greendale." My son asked what Norman Rockwell's signifigance is to Greendale, did he live here?...did he like to visit here?...did he have family here? No, no, and again no. "Then what's the point?" Good question son.
Carol August 30, 2012 at 02:59 PM
Love the Norman Rockwell statue! No Village has a feeling like "Greendale" and it adds character to the corner. The point is "it's cool"!!! Why do some people always have to knock Roy Reiman??? If it wasn't for him this Village would be an empty place with deteriorated shops!!
sara August 30, 2012 at 04:54 PM
I have to admit, I kind of like it! It isn't tax payer money, and it is a neat photo op. The new landscaping looks great. I can think of much more important things to complain about.
Lisa417 August 30, 2012 at 06:06 PM
Carol, Mr. Reiman is a businessman, he likes to make money. When the shops don't make his company a profit, he will dump them just like he dumped his publication company. He is not Greendale's savior, there is much more to this community than Broad Street and Mr. Reiman.
Lisa417 August 30, 2012 at 06:10 PM
It's a distraction on a busy corner. I think it is very important to complain about if it may save a life.
Viviana Buzo (Editor) August 30, 2012 at 07:04 PM
Usually I don't get into these conversations, however, I do have few things to say about it. After looking at the sculpture yesterday I thought it was pretty cool and so life-like. I will say that it might serve a distraction. Yesterday my boyfriend and I were driving into the Village Center to the new Joey Gerards restaurant. As he was turning the corner he couldn't help but be distract with the sculpture because he actually thought it was a real person. So much that he stopped the car to get out and look at it. I think it is serving as a thing of interest to bring people in but it is also a distraction. Good and bad?
Bren August 30, 2012 at 07:20 PM
There's no connection between Norman Rockwell and Greendale. He never visited this Village, never spoke or wrote about it. The statue is here because a special village resident apparently likes the work of Norman Rockwell and/or because some visitors said Greendale "looks like a Norman Rockwell" town. Greendale Originals are an homage to the wooden Colonial Houses built in New England in the late 17th and early-mid 18th Century. The colonials modeled their homes after English residences built in the south/southeast around and before that time. There just isn't a connection between all that and Greendale. As others have posted before, statues of Franklin and/or Eleanor Roosevelt would be relevant. And if gimmickry is required to draw attention to them we put those statues on lazy susans too.
Lisa417 August 30, 2012 at 07:39 PM
I think over time, those of us who live in Greendale won't be distracted by the statue (as I drove by it yesterday, I kept telling myself not to look at it and pay attention to the intersection). Visitors to our community may have problems. I don't agree with statue being erected anywhere in Greendale, but if it had to be, they picked the worst location.
Kaye August 30, 2012 at 09:00 PM
Why not Andy Griffith? Gober and Gomer where the gas station used to be, Aunt Bea at the bakery, Floyd at the Barber shop. They are more to talk about than one mans ego run amuck...just sayin'. They have about as much to do with the "Village" as Norman Rockwell. If you're asking, why not the Ted and Elenor?
Bren August 30, 2012 at 09:20 PM
I've suggested a statue of Hugo Ball, a founder of Dadaism. I still think it's a great idea. ; )
Jason Patzfahl August 30, 2012 at 11:54 PM
It's fine if Roy Reiman loves Normal Rockwell (so do I), but then maybe he should have had his statute built in the back yard of his McMansion in Overlook farms. If a new statue needs to be built in Greendale, it should at least have one that has an accurate historical connection, like one of Eleanor Roosevelt, who was vital in getting Greendale built - but since Mr. Reiman has contributed greatly to every single Republican candidate in WI for the last 10 years, a statue of Eleanor was not about to happen on his watch - which is probably a gold Rolex. http://fundrace.huffingtonpost.com/neighbors.php?type=name&lname=REIMAN&fname=ROY
lance thomas August 31, 2012 at 11:59 AM
lets see how many accidents this thing causes at that intersection.What a terrible spot! Great artist but he has no ties to that community at all. The next article will be in a few weeks about how it was vandalized. All it takes is some drunks coming from the local tavern who decide to walk by and decide to mess with it
lance thomas August 31, 2012 at 12:01 PM
the deteriorated shops are across the street at that mall
Greendale Mom August 31, 2012 at 02:08 PM
I hate it!
Jeff Mantes June 08, 2013 at 12:55 PM
I love it, The changing of the various hats/caps is a nice and interesting touch

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