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July 24, 2009
The camera-shy Armstrong declined to visit the museum on Monday, so Wapakoneta commissioned an Ohio artist to sculpt an eight-foot-tall, 1,800-pound statue of Armstrong in his moon suit out of cheddar cheese.
Unfortunately, the museum is usually closed on Mondays, so its air-conditioning automatically shut off on Sunday night. And when the staff arrived on Monday morning, they found a half-melted Moon Man.
Yet even this second potential tragedy had a happy ending. According to the Evening Leader, Sarah Kaufmann (the cheese artist) raced to the museum, covered the melted statue sections with bags of ice “to chill the sweating cheddar,” and repaired the two 400-pound slabs that had hit the floor. “Maybe it was meant to happen,” she told the Leader, since the real-time repair work “really enhanced the experience for the visitors.”
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