A Houston suburb near NASA's Johnson Space Center plans to erect a towering statue of an Apollo astronaut.
The Houston Chronicle reports the statue planned by the city of Webster will be 80 feet tall on top of a 50-foot pedestal that will house a space museum. The proposed site is at Interstate 45 and NASA Parkway.
Houston sculptor and painter David Adickes has been commissioned for the statue, which will depict a space-suited astronaut planting a U.S. flag on the surface of the moon.
"The idea is to make an icon," Adickes said.
City officials estimate the entire space-themed attraction will cost about $30 million, of which $5 million would go toward the statue. Adickes says he'll need a little over a year to sculpt the astronaut.
"They're talking about putting an observation deck in the head area. That's the new thought," said Adickes
His work includes the 67-foot Sam Houston statue in Huntsville.