Mt. Airy, NC – The Barney Fife statue project is officially over.
The man who started the project, Tom Hellebrand, confirms to WFMY News 2 that the statue has been destroyed. He says since all avenues to build the statue failed, it’s time to end the project.
Hellebrand contacted the statue maker on Monday and told them to destroy the clay figure.
The Barney Fife statue project faced problems from the onset. CBS-TV first gave the group permission, but then a CBS attorney said they could not do it. Knotts’ family also opposed the statue.
Hellebrand spoke with CBS on Monday. The network had said they would reimburse him for the money he spent on the project, but not until he had the clay statue destroyed.
WFMY News 2