Roadside Attraction: A Concrete Gorilla

Roadside Attraction: A Concrete Gorilla


In the small town of Leicester, Vermont, the gorilla statue on Route 7 is hard to miss. The 19-foot concrete gorilla, known as “Queen Connie,” stands in front of Pioneer Auto Sales proudly holding up an old VW Beetle.

The statue was crafted in the 1980s by sculptor T.J. Neil, who wanted to build something that would really help the auto business get noticed. Looks like the plan worked. The statue is one of the most photographed roadside attractions in Vermont.

5 Comments
  • A New England Life
    Posted at 12:10h, 08 February Reply

    LOL! Yup, definitely something you don’t see everyday, a concrete gorilla! And in Vermont no less!

  • Linda
    Posted at 16:13h, 08 February Reply

    I’m surprised to see such in Vermont. It is indeed unusual.

  • Kate
    Posted at 16:28h, 08 February Reply

    haha. i LOVE him!

  • Erica Houskeeper
    Posted at 21:48h, 09 February Reply

    Thanks Sharon, Linda and Kate. I know – this is definitely not something you expect to see in scenic Vermont. I’ve driven by the statue hundreds of times over the past 20 years, and it still manages to capture my attention every time!

  • elvira pajarola
    Posted at 08:33h, 11 February Reply

    Oh…is this my old “coccinella”?…My first car ever was a sweet white coccinella….

    THIS STATUE is very impressing!….Certainly the work of a very curageous artist!

    Have a wonderful day!
    ciao ciao elvira

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