The former mayor of Flint, Mich. who resigned in 2009 just before he was set to be recalled, has erected a giant bronze statue of himself outside the gated entrance to his home, the Flint Journal reported.
The 8.5-foot statue of Don Williamson, dressed in a bronze suit and necktie, is surrounded by six bronze lions.
Neighbors told the newspaper the lions went up first, followed by Williamson’s metallic likeness within the last month.
An etching on the statue’s base reads: “The Colonel’s Inc. Founded by Donald J. Williamson May 10, 1984. His motto ‘Success is the best revenge.’”
The former mayor said the statue was made 20 years ago and originally stood in The Colonel’s Inc., an auto parts company where he made his fortune.
Williamson told the Journal his wife imported the six lions. He joked, “Careful, one of them is alive.”
He said he doesn’t know the statue’s exact weight, only that it’s “a lot. We had to have a crane to set it up.”
Neighbor Amy Duncan told the newspaper she thought the display was “ridiculous.” She and her husband Ryan watched the statues go up and wondered what Williamson was planning next.
“It’s a joke. Someone is going to do something to that statue,” Ryan Duncan said.