AUSTIN, Texas — Elon Musk can seem hard to avoid these days, especially if you live in central Texas near Tesla and other billionaire-led companies.
And if that weren’t enough, self-described “big Elon fans” are riding a giant sculpture of Musk’s face — on the body of a goat, astride a rocket ship — around the Austin area.
The sculpture’s owners run a cryptocurrency company called Elon Goat Token and say it intends to pay homage to Musk’s contributions to cryptocurrency. The sculpture is meant to symbolize that Musk is the GOAT – an acronym for Greatest Of All Time – which is why the billionaire’s head is on the body of a goat.
It sits on the back of a semi-truck and is over 30 feet long, 20 feet tall, and Musk’s head, wearing a Dogecoin necklace, is approximately 6 feet tall. The sculpture also includes features such as simulated rockets, smoke, lasers and lighting.
As a way to market and promote the cryptocurrency platform, the owners of the Elon Goat Token are hoping to give Musk the statue in person.
While it’s unknown whether Musk will accept the sculpture, the owners hope to deliver it to Tesla headquarters on Saturday after a corporate event, “GOATSgiving,” a gathering for Musk and cryptocurrency fans. Participants are also welcome to participate in the delivery.
Musk has yet to acknowledge knowledge of the statue or say whether he will be in Austin that day.
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Richard Latimer, a co-founder of Elon Goat Token, said the sculpture has led to a lot of heads being turned, playing well with the marketing goal of “just being crazy and out there.”
“We dedicated the statue to (Elon Musk) because he stepped in for crypto at a good point and blew everything up. With all that he’s been doing with (cryptocurrencies) Doge and Baby Doge and a few other coins, we decided why not do the same thing, but really go out there and go further and bring him something,” Latimer said.
Its creators say the Musk monument cost $600,000 to build. The project was primarily funded through cryptocurrency transaction fees and funding from members of the cryptocurrency community, the company’s founders said.
What is an Elon Goat Token?
Cryptocurrency is a type of digital asset that can be used to make payments online and can come in many different forms, each with different values, from Bitcoin to Dogecoin, a type of meme coin that has been a favorite of Musk.
The billionaire first gave his bitcoin backing in 2021, when he bought $1.5 billion worth of bitcoin through Tesla, though the company sold most of it earlier this year. Musk has since been more interested in Dogecoin, which is based on the Shiba Inu meme, and occasionally tweets about the cryptocurrency.
How was Elon Musk’s sculpture born?
Ashley Sansalone, one of the crypto firm’s founders, said the project began after he was asked to consult on an Elon NFT project, which led to the idea of building a physical monument of the Elon GOAT NFT project.
After consulting with a designer in California, they decided it made more sense to put it on a trailer. With the moving statue, Sansalone said it made sense for him to bring it to Musk.
Construction on the sculpture began about a year ago, and it toured several states, including Arizona, Washington and California, before it arrived in Austin.
Sansalone said most people who have seen the sculpture in person have had positive reactions, though he acknowledged the statue has received some negative comments online from people who, he said, are “against capitalism or Elon “.
“We started a symbolic project around it and built a community around it. And it’s been a really fun and interesting journey, to say the least,” Sansalone said.