A petition has proposed that Outkast members Andre 3000 and Big Boi be added to Georgia's Stone Mountain, a monument that currently displays Confederate icons Jefferson Davis, Robert E. Lee and Thom "Stonewall" Jackson. The Atlanta chapter of the NAACP is pushing for the removal of the display, in light of the South's recent realization that the Confederate flag and associated imagery is a bad thing. One hip-hop fan, Mack Williams, has an idea that he thinks will make everyone feel a little better.
"By no means do we wish to erase or destroy the current carving, which, regardless of its context, is an impressive and historic work of art. We simply wish to add new carvings, of Atlanta hip-hop duo Outkast, to the mountainside. There's plenty of room," he wrote on the moveon.org petition. "I believe that Daddy Fat Sacks and Three Stacks should be carved riding in a Cadillac (as is their wont). This will help the new carving blend nicely with the Confederates who are on horseback."
Music Times spoke to its graphic designers about creating a theoretical Photoshop image displaying what the finished product would look like, but they gave us an awkward look and haven't gotten back.
The petition isn't doing half bad. Thus far it's gathered more than 1,700 signatures, and Williams hopes for at least 2,000 before he delivers it to the Georgia State House, Senate and Governor.
No improvements have been suggested, as far as we know, for the Atlanta Cyclorama, which is also an absurdly large piece of art largely dedicated to Southern glory. Our suggestion: Add Migos to the mix.
While we're on the subject of absurd musically-related art installations, let's flashback to 2014 when Austin residents proposed a gold statue of Danzig riding a dragon for their hometown. Keep Austin weird, indeed.