Let's build a statue to Bill Hicks!

Plan for his Texan hometown

Fans of Bill Hicks have launched a campaign to erect a statue to him in Houston, the city where he began his comedy career.

Street paper Free Press Houston has kicked off the fundraising drive, pledging $10,000 of the $70,000 needed to make the idea a reality.

Local sculptor David Adickes, 85, has agreed to create the piece in a ‘public historical place where fans can pay homage’.

Campaign organisers said: ‘A statue to permanently pay homage to him in the city where he began his journey would solidify his legacy. This statue would serve as a symbol to remember the past and everything Bill gave us, but also as a reminder for the future generations to seek knowledge around every corner.’

Hicks, who died in 1994 at the age of 32, began his comedy career at the now defunct Comedy Workshop when he was a teenager, sneaking into shows even though he was under age.

This would be the first statue to him, and is said to have the blessing of the Hicks estate.

Big donors will have their name will be permanently inscribed on the statue, and there are gifts for those who donate $200 or more. Click here to learn more or make a donation via PayPal.

Published: 4 Aug 2012

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