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FSM Courthouse Installation

Published March 31st, 2008 by Bobby Henderson

This is one of the greatest things to happen in the history of Pastafarianism. The Cumberland County Courthouse lawn in Crossville, Tennessee now features an enormous statue of the Flying Spaghetti Monster. Behold:

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This was the work of Ariel Safdie and her brother David, and it is spectacular. I am sure that everyone who sees it will feel Touched.

Statement at Installation Ceremony

We are lucky enough to live in a country that allows us, its citizens, the freedom of speech. I have chosen to put up a statue of the Flying Spaghetti Monster to represent the discourse between people of all different beliefs. The many faiths, ethnicities and backgrounds of Cumberland County’s residents make our community a stronger richer place. I respect and am proud that on the people’s lawn, the county courthouse, all of these diverse beliefs can come together in a positive dialogue. Here, we are all able to share the issues close to our hearts whether it is through a memorial to the soldiers killed fighting for our country, the Statue of Liberty honoring our nations welcoming promise to all, a group’s fight to stop homelessness, or powerful symbols of faith. I greatly treasure this open forum between everyone in the community.

The Flying Spaghetti Monster is a pile of noodles and meatballs, but it is meant to open up discussion and provoke thought. Being able to put up a statue is a celebration of our freedom as Americans; a freedom to be different, to express those differences, and to do it amongst neighbors -— even if it is in a noodley way.

Here’s a television news report of the display:

“Our message is freedom of speech, freedom of religion” — Well Said! All Pastafarians should feel fortunate at having such a fine ambassadors for our cause.

I strongly suggest that everyone check out Ariel’s site, itlovesyou.blogspot.com. You’ll find the whole story behind the statue, pictures of the build, and updates as they happen.

Here are a some more pictures:

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Media takes notice
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Just a dream at this point
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Construction begins
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Assembly continues
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Thank you very much Ariel – you did an amazing job. Please let me know if you need funding for a Beer Volcano.

Update: cnet news.com has picked up the story here.



67 Responses to “FSM Courthouse Installation”

  1. sundog says:

    I am really disappointed to hear that the statue is gone. I saw the news report above when it aired locally and emailed all of my friends about it. I only live about an hour and a half from Crossville and have been planning to stop by next time I pass through on my way to Nashville. Please let us know if it is installed elsewhere.

    Someone told me this weekend that they had heard that there had been some controversy about it but could offer no details. Knowing this area as I do, my presumption is that some good christian soul took it upon themselves to protect the community by suppressing the freedoms of expression and religion and defaced or destroyed it.

    I hope not.

  2. Ben Griffiths says:

    party hats are so cute that i have a collection of them~”‘

  3. Bedding Collections · says:

    i prefer to use large party hats because they are kinda cool and nice `

  4. Keith says:

    That’s a marvellous statue! Patafarianism is being recognised as a bona fide philosophy: as indeed it should be. I wish we could do the same thing where I live.

  5. Дружите Сголовой Ребята says:

    Идиоты xDDDD
    Лучше бы детей от рака спасали, а не ерундой маялись

    • TiltedHorizon says:

      Имейте немного веры. FSM благословляет вас.

  6. Дружите Сголовой Ребята says:

    Оставьте ваше благословление при себе =) оно ничтожно. Шутки шутками, но это уже слишком. Вы говорите про веру… во что? в макаронные изделия? в шлюх? в алкоголь? Ха! Сходить к психологу не стыдно… А вот есть бездомные дети, сироты, тяжело больные… Чем макаронам поклоняться, лучше бы им помогли, хотя бы материально ;)

    • Wayne says:

      Translation
      Leave your blessing a =) it is negligible. Jokes jokes, but this is too. You’re talking about faith … in that? in pasta? the whores there? in alcohol? Ha! Go to the psychologist not ashamed … But there are street children, orphans, and seriously ill … The macaroni to worship, it would be better if it helped, at least financially)

      • Keith says:

        Huh? Sounds like one of the prophesies of Nostradamus.

      • Seth says:

        I agree.

  7. Susan White says:

    I was fortunate enough to see that amazing piece of art before it was taken down. I was in town to visit my elderly parents to live in Crossville and as I drove down Main Street I saw this weird sculpture on the courthouse lawn. It took a moment before it registered that it was the FSM, and it was a shock to see that in a place as conservative as Crossville. But I admit I was impressed that the town allowed it there, even if just for a short time.

  8. Yuri Rogatschenko Siqueira says:

    I hope there’s one set up in São Paulo’s Bienal, our largest art exposition next year.

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