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Posted 01 April 2009 - 11:16 PM

At Columbus Ave x Uranium St there's a strange statue of a man climbing a ladder, stretching one of his arms in the air. On the pedestal it says "Dr. Jeremiah James". Anyone got an idea what this is about? *curious*

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Posted 15 November 2011 - 02:42 PM

Jeremiah James is a musician/actor from NY & member of a band called 'Teatro', who are/were signed with Sony BMG. Dan & Sam Houser used to work for Sony BMG, I'm guessing that's the common link. They are probably friends with this 'Jeremiah James' fella & added a little Easter egg for him. The statue of the man on top of the ladder must be in reference to the stage musical 'Carousel', in which this Jeremiah James played the role of Billy Bigelow. I've never seen the musical but a famous quote from it is, "Put Him up on a ladder, for all I care, only get Him out of that parlor!"

Hope this answers your question.

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Posted 15 November 2011 - 03:31 PM

QUOTE (jamieleng @ Tuesday, Nov 15 2011, 16:42)
Jeremiah James is a musician/actor from NY & member of a band called 'Teatro', who are/were signed with Sony BMG. Dan & Sam Houser used to work for Sony BMG, I'm guessing that's the common link. They are probably friends with this 'Jeremiah James' fella & added a little Easter egg for him. The statue of the man on top of the ladder must be in reference to the stage musical 'Carousel', in which this Jeremiah James played the role of Billy Bigelow. I've never seen the musical but a famous quote from it is, "Put Him up on a ladder, for all I care, only get Him out of that parlor!"

Hope this answers your question.

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Posted 15 November 2011 - 07:02 PM

QUOTE (Karambalaya @ Tuesday, Nov 15 2011, 15:31)
QUOTE (jamieleng @ Tuesday, Nov 15 2011, 16:42)
Jeremiah James is a musician/actor from NY & member of a band called 'Teatro', who are/were signed with Sony BMG. Dan & Sam Houser used to work for Sony BMG, I'm guessing that's the common link. They are probably friends with this 'Jeremiah James' fella & added a little Easter egg for him. The statue of the man on top of the ladder must be in reference to the stage musical 'Carousel', in which this Jeremiah James played the role of Billy Bigelow. I've never seen the musical but a famous quote from it is, "Put Him up on a ladder, for all I care, only get Him out of that parlor!"

Hope this answers your question.

Thanks a million biggrin.gif

No worries. I thought two & a half years was long enough for you to wait for an explanation. biggrin.gif

I must have seen that statue a hundred times before while playing GTA, I never thought too much about until today. The internet sure is an amazing thing.

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Posted 15 November 2011 - 09:57 PM

Either I have never seen that statue or I've never cared enough to pay any attention to it. That's an interesting find, though.

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Posted 22 December 2011 - 09:25 PM Edited by gonnaenodaethat, 23 December 2011 - 12:45 AM.

Just seen a picture of the statue on the enb screenshot thread:

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and it reminded me of this statue:

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which is the "Everyman" statue which stands outside the new headquarters of Edinburgh City Council which is less than half a km from Rockstar North HQ.

The council moved to their shiny new howf in 2007 and there was a bit of a stooshie about this statue - some info below:


New Statue

This photograph above shows the 'Everyman' statue, outside the entrance to the council's offices. The photo was taken in evening sunshine on June 6, 2007.

The statue was created by artist, Stephan Balkenhol from Hessen, Germany, whose public artwork can also be found in Berlin, Hamburg, London and Chicago.

The statue in Edinburgh is said to represent 'Joe Public'. It is reputed to have cost 100,000.

Statue criticised

The day after the photo was taken, an article appeared in the Evening News saying that the statue, which has only been in place for a few months, is unpopular with the new leadership of Edinburgh City Council. Several councillors were quoted in the newspaper:

- Councillor Cardownie, SNP group leader and deputy council leader described the statue as "dreadful ... political correctness gone mad ... like a window cleaner who has lost his ladder."

He added: " I wouldn't shed any tears if he were moved elsewhere"

- New planning leader, Jim Lowrie said: "This sculpture is far from ideal, particularly because he's male. I know, myself, that has caused a lot of complaints from council staff."

- Labour group leader, Ewan Aitken, said: "My own preference for an outdoor work of art would've been for something more imaginative and impressive than this"

- Tory councillor Elaine Aitken who was on the cross-party group that helped to choose the statue said: "This was the best of the designs that we saw. I think people will grow to appreciate it."

Edinburgh Evening News: July 7, 2007, p.3


In conclusion I agree with the other posters reply regards the Houser brothers and the actor dude connection (the inscription on the base) but as this statue was unveiled not that long before GTA IV was released and was widely panned at the time I'm sure Mr. Benzies & the oompah loompahs couldn't resist a wee dig at the local cooncil.


Expect references to Edinburgh's tram fiasco galore in GTA V - remember you read it here first!!

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