Johnny Cash’s 1967 performance in the Folsom County Prison marked a remarkable time in the country legend’s career. Several years later, the prison is set to pay tribute to Cash’s history-making concert and recordings with the construction of a new statue in his likeness.
Known as the “Man In Black,” the 40-foot-tall statue portrays Cash coated with cutouts in the form of flames. During sunsets, the sky makes the statue look as though it is lit up with a flaming glow.
Artist Gary Tillery, of The Fine Art Studio of Rotblatt-Amrany, is currently working to bring the statue to life. Once the statue is done, Tillery looks forward to unveiling it sometime in 2018, but it still depends on the amount of funding the project receives.
The statue is not the only Cash-tribute in the works though. The still under-construction Johnny Cash Trail is a 2.5-mile path that will run along the edge of the Folsom prison property. The trail will also showcase eight art pieces, including Tillery’s, that will pay homage to the Man in Black and his never-ending legacy.
“His connection and our family’s connection will go on in a most beautiful way with the City of Folsom,” Rosanne Cash said during the trail’s opening ceremonies, “Now this beauty and this connection to nature that he loved so much are going to be here forever.”