This Minnie Pearl Sculpture is Made With Chicken Wire!!

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Well, How-w-w-DEE-E-E-E!!  

This is Minnie Pearl, Grand Ole Opry’s funny lady for over 50 years! 

Born in 1912, Sarah Ophelia Colley (her given name) first performed on stage as “Minnie Pearl” in 1939.  And the rest is history!! 


Her famous straw hat (complete with the dangling $1.98 price tag) is part of the collections at the National Museum of American History.


image via RadioFan

Now, a larger-than-life sculpture made of CHICKEN WIRE has been made in her likeness! It sits outside of the Courthouse in her hometown of Centerville, Tennessee!  


Centerville-based sculptor Ricky Pittman (shown below working on the piece) made this 8-foot statue of Pearl in 2016 as way to honor the country legend. 


In the early 1990s, I got to meet her!

  • Helen Gircko

    Minnie Pearl is gorgeous! And it is unlikely to be found the best material for her image (except pearls, perhaps). Chicken wire – that is necessary. Great idea, it’s almost as funny as Minnie’s performances. It is a pity that I’ve seen video recordings only.
    Thank you, Pee-wee!

  • Paul, Minnie Pearl is beautiful as ever! The sculpture is divine! ❤? Fantastic you got to meet her, may your day be filled with those fond memories to cherish for eternity.

  • Robert Raymond Britz

    Wow, what a great picture Pee Wee! Two living legends is always better then one!;)

  • Amanda Dushan

    Minnie Pearl is beautiful! That’s cool you got to meet her, Paul.

  • McEvoy Campbell

    Dear Pee-wee,

    Did you know that the new term for “chicken wire” is “poultry netting”?
    Which do you prefer? I like them both, tbh.