Jason Pieper is ready to tell the world: The K has landed.
The 900-pound letter that was formerly on a Kmart store in Minneapolis has migrated to its new home — Pieper’s yard in Lake Elmo.
It has been repainted, cleaned, propped up and ready for its re-birth as perhaps the world’s largest Christmas ornament.
“Tons of people have come by and taken pictures,” said Pieper proudly.
He bought the mighty consonant for $2,339 at an on-line auction. It came from a former Kmart store on Lake Street.
Pieper rented a car-hauling trailer, corralled a few buddies to help him out, then hauled the sign back in three pieces.It was covered with graffiti. Minneapolis officials had re-painted it red, right over the letters spelling “mart” on the front of the sign.
But Pieper could see the indentations marking those letters, and laboriously re-painted them. He decorated nearby trees with blue and white lights, recalling the famous “Blue Light Specials” of Kmart stores.
It took five people to re-assemble the K and lift it into place. At night, it rules the neighborhood as the king of lawn ornaments, towering over the puny plastic snowmen and reindeer on neighboring lawns.
“You can now see the K in all its glory,” he said.
Pieper said he plans to take it down after the holidays and store it in his garage. “It will be a garage-party conversation piece,” he said.
He has received an offer for $5,000 – twice what he paid for it. But he’s not selling.
It generates too much holiday cheer, he said.
“I have heard so much feedback from friends, clients and random people,” he said. “They say they needed something to make them laugh and smile.”Related Articles
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