Front Yard 13-Foot-Tall Indian.

13-Foot-Tall Front Yard Indian

Field review by the editors.

Lafayette, Louisiana

In 2004 Charlie DeVille bought a one-ton, 13-foot-tall bronze Indian at an auction in New Jersey. Even though he hadn't a clue what tribe of Indian the statue represented, Charlie liked it because he was himself one-eighth Chitimacha, and because he got a good deal on the price.

Charlie had the statue shipped to his Louisiana plantation, and when he sold the property and moved to a subdivision house in 2016, he brought the Indian along. Although the statue stands higher than Charlie's roof, it's been anchored in the tiny front yard, becoming Louisiana's most out-of-proportion example of lawn art.

According to a local news report, Charlie's neighbors like the statue. Charlie himself has said that when he dies he wants his ashes put inside it. "I'll go wherever he goes."

13-Foot-Tall Front Yard Indian

Address:
607 Gerald Drive, Lafayette, LA
Directions:
Southwest of downtown, in a residential neighborhood. From Hwy 3073/Ambassador Caffery Pkwy turn north at the stoplight onto Robley Drive. Drive a half-mile, past the sports field on the left. At the four-way stop, turn right onto Gerald Drive. The statue will be on the left, fourth house in. Shutterbugs are welcome, but please be respectful of private property.
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