Muffler Men I’ve met: Virginia

First up is fiberglass artist Mark Cline’s weird cyborg found in Buena Vista, Virginia called “Paulverizer.”

It’s named Paulverizer after the owner of the recycling plant where it’s located.

Next up is a Paul Bunyan who stands outside Affordable and Dependable Auto Service in Roanoke, VA.

NOTE: These pictures were taken a few years ago. Some of the Muffler Men featured in this series may have been repainted since my visit.

Muffler Man Mania

Sculpted back in the 60’s by the great Bill Swan for the International Fiberglass company, the Muffler Men are giant fiberglass figures scattered across the USA. Used to draw attention for a variety of businesses, these statues are as popular today as they’ve ever been. In 2015 I decided to reproduce them as foot tall miniatures.

All of the Muffler Man statues I’ve made thus far starting with the Paul Bunyans:

My first batch of Muffler Man statues from 2015
Elmsford, NY
Evergeen Park, IL
Classic Paul Bunyan
Lumberjack Louie Flagstaff, AZ
Ocean City, MD
Yellow cap, red shirt, blue pants Paul Bunyan
Phoenix, AZ
Red Oak Trading Post Coeburn, VA
Big Josh Joshua Tree, CA
Big Mechanic Dade City, FL
Paul Bunyan & Babe for Riverbend Resort Sonoma County CA

Next up are the Mortimer Snerds a.k.a. Half Wits:

Dallas, TX
Winslow, NJ
Jackson, NJ
Joel Baker’s Snerd

Now the clean shaven guys:

Havre De Grace, MD
Joliet, IL
San Jose, CA
Compton, CA
Newport News, VA
Metairie, LA (original colors)

Miscellaneous Muffler Men:

Pontiac Transportatio Museum Pontiac, MI
Astro Oil
Coney Island, NY
Texaco Big Friend
Miniature of the display found in Atomic Candy in Denton, TX
Atomic Candy is America’s premier candy shop

Get your Muffler Man kicks on Route 66:

Atlanta, IL
Wilmington, IL
Buck Atom fundraiser statue
Buck Atoms inside Buck Atom’s Cosmic Curios on Route 66 in Tulsa, OK
Chicken Boy: The Statue of Liberty of Los Angeles