Greer asks for help naming ‘Tube Dude’ statue outside city park

GREER, S.C. (WSPA) – If you’ve driven by Greer City Hall lately, you’ve likely noticed a smiling new face lounging at the entrance.

Scott Gerber of Sarasota, Fla., the artist who created the large, yellow sculpture, simply calls it Giant Dude.

Now, Gerber and the City of Greer are offering a custom regular-sized Tube Dude valued at up to $2,000 to the person who snaps a creative photo and submits a unique name for Giant Dude.

“Scott is returning to Greer next month to install eight smaller Tube Dudes commissioned by the City of Greer,” said Ann Cunningham, director of the Parks and Recreation Department. “This is a chance for someone in the state to win a one-of-a-kind piece of art directly from the artist himself. Scott has offered to customize the piece for the winner.”
 
Contestants must take a photograph of themselves and any invited guests with Giant Dude. The photo and a suggested name may then be submitted at http://www.cityofgreer.org/Contest.php for a chance to win the grand prize. The contest is open to South Carolina residents ages 18 and older. The entry deadline is March 19.
The city wants people to be as creative as possible with both their pictures and name ideas. Multiple submissions are allowed in the free contest. Complete rules and a link to the Tube Dudes website are available at the City of Greer website.
 
Whimsical and colorful “Dudes” with flamingos and fishing poles are a common site in Sarasota, where Gerber founded his studio. He said the City of Greer is the first municipality to commission Tube Dudes as public art.

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