PEORIA, Ill. -- The late comedian Richard Pryor once said that he loved Peoria because the people here are down to earth.
Now, a Peoria artist is looking to have Pryor permanently rooted in his hometown. Famed artist Preston Jackson says he is almost done with a clay mold of a seven foot tall Pryor statue. Eventually, the tribute to Pryor will be cast in bronze. It is called 'More than a Comic.'
Jackson says the original plan was to have it in the Peoria Riverfront Museum, but through no fault of his own, those plans fell through.
"I said to myself, I'll get this piece done and cast even if I have to pay for it myself. I didn't want to lay the burden on his relatives or Jennifer, or anyone like that because I realize the need and the importance of this piece."
Despite Jackson's generosity, a fund has been established at the community foundation of central Illinois.
Anyone interested in donating to the project can call (309) 674-8730.
The statue is hoped to be completed by late summer or early fall.