First orange statue delivered and painted

Published 2:32 pm Saturday, November 2, 2019

By Dawn Burleigh

The Orange Leader


Approximately six of the 1,000 pound concrete orange statues were delivered on Saturday around the county.

Greater Orange Area Chamber of Commerce was one of the first ones delivered and the first one painted.

One can see the dimpling of the orange skin in the details of the statue.

The statues are part of the Orange Grove project sponsored by the Greater Orange Area Chamber of Commerce and spearheaded by Chris Kovatch.

The first truckload of the 1,000-pound concrete oranges, designed specifically for this project, arrived on Monday, a month earlier than the anticipated projected December date.

The sculptures are available to purchase to be decorated and displayed outside one’s business or home.

Once the sculptures are on display, a list of locations will be available on the chamber’s website to share with visitors to the area.

The chamber is working with Brad Child’s, owner of Child’s Hardware, to coordinate the delivery of the oranges in the coming week.

Originally, the projected weight of the statues was 500-650 pounds. Once delivered, the orange’s true weight is approximately 1,000 pounds.