Residents in Uproar After Paint Color Mix-Up

FRIDAY, MAY 13, 2022

According to residents in Independence, Kansas, a paint job recently completed on decades-old lion statues by SEK Delta Waterfowl is “hideous.”

The lion statues mark the entrance of the Riverside Park and Ralph Mitchell Zoo.

What Happened

Two lion statues marking the entrance of the Riverside Park and Ralph Mitchell Zoo in Independence, Kansas, needed a new paint job. In a news report by KOAM News Now, photos of the lion statues revealed the colors had faded and had various chipping where the paint had fallen off.

As part of LOVE Independence Day, SEK Delta Waterfowl volunteered to repaint the lions. Previously, the statues were described as featuring a “circus-peanut orange” hue paired with a brown mane.

However, due to a paint mix-up, the lions were repainted bright neon yellow. While officials reportedly appreciated SEK Delta Waterfowl for volunteering to complete the project, many residents have criticized the restored statues, calling them “lemon-shaped lions.”

Some have even gone as far as to dub the controversy “#LionGate” on social media.

Due to public judgment, a vote has been made public where residents can choose which colors the lions will be repainted. Voters have the choice of “Nearly Neon Poppin’ Yellow” or “Play-it-Safe Mellow Yellow.”

Other Repaint Project Votes

Last year, Pittsburgh amusement park, Kennywood Park, invited park visitors and roller coaster riders to vote on what color they believe the Phantom’s Revenge should be coated during the park’s off-season.

After 20 years, park officials had announced that it was time for the roller coaster tracks to be repainted. The coaster is reported to be a staple of the park's skyline for three decades. Over the years, the steel structure has reportedly undergone various modifications, including a second drop into the ravine, a secondary close encounter with the adjacent Thunderbolt coaster and a finale filled with airtime.

Despite plans for a new paint job, Kennywood’s website reports that the coaster’s support beams would remain black, however, and would not be receiving a fresh coat for the 2022 season.

In voting for the new color, which closed on Wednesday (Sept. 8), individuals were given the choice of “Petrifying Purple” or “Terrifying Teal.” Later that month, it was announced that the winning color was “Petrifying Purple.”

In 2018, proponents of a yearslong campaign to get one town's water tower painted like a giant hamburger were cooking with gas, as a collection of design renderings went up for a public vote.

The town of Hamburg, New York, near Buffalo, has been the site of a mounting drive to have an out-of-commission elevated steel water storage tank repainted to resemble the staple of American cuisine. The multi-column Hamburg tank, within sight of the New York State Thruway, is already shaped a bit like a round sandwich anyway, and resident Chris Hannotte Luly, who graduated from the Leadership Buffalo program in 2016, made it her mission last year to bring the meaty vision to fruition.

In late 2017, the town's council approved a plan for Luly to begin fundraising for the project, after determining that the tower is structurally sound, and also uncovering lead paint that would balloon the cost of the aesthetic renovation. Luly had spearheaded a petition that got more than 2,000 signatures prior to the council decision.

At the time, the job was estimated to cost up to $1 million.


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