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Statue honoring C.S. Mott unveiled

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FLINT, MI (WNEM) -

The Vehicle City gets a new work of art dedicated to one of its most influential people.

Ridgeway White looks upon a new statue of his great-grandfather, Charles Stewart Mott.

White said it looks just like him, though he jokes, in real life he has much bigger shoes to fill.

“It's amazing. Everyday I'm reminded of the benefits C.S. passed onto my family and so many others in the community and I think this is a great day to honor that legacy,” White said.

Mott's statue was unveiled Saturday outside the library of the college campus bearing his name.

C.S. was a man of great influence to Flint history

“Everything that says Mott on it in Flint, as well as Mott Children's Center in Ann Arbor. All part of C.S. Mott and he started these things. He was mayor three times, member of GM Board of Directors for 60 years. He was a man of great accomplishments before he died at 97,” said Jerry Preston with Back to the Bricks.

The bronze statue is the final of eight automotive pioneer depictions commissioned by the Back to the Bricks Corporation.

It turns out, due to the high temps we've had lately, the statue almost didn't make it here in time for the ceremony.

“The base of the statue had gotten so hot in the sun, and the poxy we used to secure the statue to the base cured almost instantly. So we had to cool the statue down, we had 10-20 pounds of ice as we cooled that block down,” Preston said.

However, C.S. Mott eventually made it to its permanent spot, something the sculptor said was incredible to see finished and one of his favorite.

“For me it's completely mind-boggling. It's been five years since I started the first one and this once completes the eight but I had seen C.S. Mott in Flint when I was young. He was one hell of a man,” Joe Rundell said.

The statue is the last of eight placed around the Vehicle City.

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