One big shirt

Published 12:00 am Wednesday, October 24, 2012

City employees put the final touches on the huge white shirt erected in the Alatex Memorial Park Tuesday morning. The former Alatex headquarters on River Falls Street has been renovated to become the home of the Chamber of Commerce. A dedication ceremony is set for Thursday.

It weighs 2,500 pounds and stands in nine feet of concrete. It is one big white shirt.

City of Andalusia crews Tuesday placed the huge shirt on the grounds of the former Alatex corporate headquarters on River Falls Street as a tribute to the thousands of men and women who literally made millions of white shirts as Alatex employees.

Mayor Earl Johnson has often quipped that the shirt’s so big, people will be able to see it when they get off of the Interstate in Georgiana.

William Merrill built the shirt, based on a scaled model designed by local artist Larry Strickland. The shirt is 13 feet tall and 11 feet wide from elbow to elbow, and the tie will be changed seasonally.

A dedication ceremony for the Alatex Monument Park and the Andalusia Area Chamber of Commerce’s new home in the former Alatex corporate headquarters is set for 10:30 a.m. tomorrow, Thurs., Oct. 25.