Johnny Cash is getting an epic memorial in Folsom, the city that was home to his iconic performance inside a penitentiary nearly 50 years ago. According to TMZ, the city has plans for a 40-foot-tall statue of the Cash, with cutouts making it appear as if he’s standing in a ring of fire at sunset.
The statue (dubbed “Man In Black”) will be one of several on Johnny Cash Trail in Folsom, a public path that was unveiled in 2014 which crosses a section of land owned by the famous prison where Cash performed. The statue is being made by Gary Tillery of The Fine Art Studio of Rotblatt-Amrany. The studio is well known for commemorative statue work like “The Spirit” (a.k.a. the Michael Jordan statue in front of the United Center) and that recently unveiled Shaq statue.
The statue is expected to be up on the trail by 2018, depending on funding for the project. It will be joined by other installations, including a “Ring of Fire” made of guitar picks and a laser-cut image of Cash made out of large stainless-steel poles.