Visitors to Boston’s Concepts sneaker retailer are in for fairly a shock: Disney’s Mickey Mouse will meet them eye-to-eye with an outstretched, large lobster claw.
A protracted-forgotten, and considerably unsettling, statue of Mickey Mouse has discovered its means again to Boston after having been auctioned off by Disney for charity in 2005 to an unknown bidder, in line with oddball landmark web site Atlas Obscura.
The 700-pound statue was final seen within the metropolis almost twenty years in the past at Quincy Market the place it entertained vacationers and buyers.
Disney had commissioned 75 Mickey Mouse-inspired sculptures to commemorate the cartoon character’s seventy fifth anniversary in 2003. The character first appeared in 1928’s black and white Steamboat Willie quick, which premiered Nov. 18 of that yr in New York’s Colony Theatre, in line with the Walt Disney Family Museum.
The new character had truly appeared in two earlier shorts that yr — Plane Crazy and The Gallopin’ Gaucho — however these by no means went additional than failed take a look at screenings, the museum states.
The unique Sotheby’s public sale itemizing mentioned the statue’s designer was Breanna Rowlette, who was an 11-year-old Lowell resident on the time, and had been deemed Radio Disney AM 1260s Kid Correspondent in March of 2003.
The statue, since being auctioned off in 2005 to profit the Boston Arts Academy, in line with a up to date press launch, had remained elusive and an unsettling curiosity to many.
Artist Bill Griffith commented on the oddity in his Zippy the Pinhead cartoon in 2019, by which the chimeric sculpture introduces himself as “Hi, I’m Lobster Mickey. I may or may not be licensed!”
Deon Point, artistic director for the Boston sneaker retailer Concepts, turned fixated on monitoring down the creation, in line with the Associated Press. Concepts collaborates with Nike on a line of lobster-themed sneakers. After 5 years, he discovered the statue on the market on eBay.
Point employed a neighborhood artist to refurbish and repaint the statue, which was in want of restore. It’s placement on the showroom flooring of Concepts’ Newbury Street retailer the day earlier than Halloween left individuals “a little terrified,” Point advised the Boston Globe.
Point mentioned he plans to maintain “Lobsta Mickey” on show by way of the vacations, earlier than discovering a brand new, long-term residence someplace inside Boston.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.