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Giant Elon Musk statue will be left at Tesla as gift from crypto fans

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AUSTIN, Texas — It can seem hard to avoid Elon Musk these days, especially if you live in Central Texas near Tesla and other companies led by the billionaire.

And if that weren’t enough, self-described “massive Elon fans” are driving a giant sculpture of Musk’s face — on the body of a goat, riding on a rocket — around the Austin area.

The owners of the sculpture run a cryptocurrency firm called Elon Goat Token and say it is meant to pay homage to Musk’s contributions to cryptocurrency. The sculpture is intended 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.

The Elon GOAT Token Monument pulls into the cargo bay at the south Austin Costco parking lot, Nov. 22, 2022. The monument is a $600,00 dollar project to honor Elon Musk and his contributions to cryptocurrency and a marketing strategy to promote $EGT.
The Elon GOAT Token Monument features a Dogecoin necklace– a tribute to Musk's contributions to Dogecoin and other crypto currencies– while attracting passers-by in the south Austin Costco parking lot, Nov. 22, 2022. The monument is a $600,00 dollar project to honor Elon Musk and his contributions to cryptocurrency and a marketing strategy to promote $EGT.

It sits on the back of a semi-trailer and is more than 30 feet long, 20 feet tall, and Musk’s head, which is wearing a Dogecoin necklace, is about 6 feet tall. The sculpture also includes such features as simulated rocket fire, smoke, lasers, and lighting.

A shopper stops to snap a photo of the Elon GOAT Token Monument in the south Austin Costco parking lot, Nov. 22, 2022. The monument is a $600,00 dollar project to honor Elon Musk and his contributions to cryptocurrency and a marketing strategy to promote $EGT.

As a way to market and promote the cryptocurrency platform, Elon Goat Token owners hope to give Musk the statue in person.

While there’s no telling if Musk will accept the sculpture, owners hope to deliver it on Saturday to Tesla headquarters after a company event, “GOATSgiving,” a gathering for fans of Musk and cryptocurrency. Attendees are invited to join the delivery as well. 

Musk has yet to acknowledge that he is aware of the statue or say whether he will be in Austin that day.

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Ashley Sansalone, left, Founder of Elon GOAT Token, stands in front of the Elon GOAT Token Monument with CMO Alec Wolvert, center, and Co-Founder Richard Latimer in the south Austin Costco parking lot, Nov. 22, 2022. The monument is a $600,00 dollar project to honor Elon Musk and his contributions to cryptocurrency and a marketing strategy to promote $EGT.

Richard Latimer, a co-founder of Elon Goat Token, said the sculpture has led to a lot of turned heads, playing well into the marketing goal to “just be 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 everything he has done 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 above and beyond and to bring something to him,” Latimer said.

Angelique Pearl, left, and her son Akilles take photos of the Elon GOAT Token Monument in the south Austin Costco parking lot, Nov. 22, 2022. The monument is a $600,00 dollar project to honor Elon Musk and his contributions to cryptocurrency and a marketing strategy to promote $EGT.

Its creators say the monument to Musk cost $600,000 to build. The project was funded primarily through fees on cryptocurrency transactions and funding from cryptocurrency community members, the company’s founders said. 

What is an Elon Goat Token?

Cryptocurrency is a type of digital asset that can be used to make online payments and can come in different forms, each with different values, from Bitcoin to Dogecoin, a type of meme coin that has been a favorite of Musk’s.

Story Credit: usatoday.com

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