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Contest offers chance to win a custom Tube Dude
The large, yellow reclining sculpture at the entrance to Greer City Hall has, according to artist Scott Gerber of Sarasota, Fla., always been known simply as Giant Dude. Now, Gerber and the City of Greer are offering a custom regular-sized Tube Dude valued at up to $2,000 to the person who snaps a creative photo and submits a unique name for Giant Dude.

“Scott is returning to Greer next month to install eight smaller Tube Dudes commissioned by the City of Greer,” said Ann Cunningham, director of the Parks and Recreation Department. “This is a chance for someone in the state to win a one-of-a-kind piece of art directly from the artist himself. Scott has offered to customize the piece for the winner."

Contestants must take a photograph of themselves and any invited guests with Giant Dude. The photo and a suggested name may then be submitted at the link below for a chance to win the grand prize. The contest is open to South Carolina residents ages 18 and older. The entry deadline is March 19.

"Creativity is the key to both the photo and the name. A family may dress in yellow like him or mimic his waving pose. The artist will be selecting the grand prize winner and he knows the artwork as well as anyone. The person who ‘wows’ him will win an amazing sculpture of their very own,” Cunningham said.

Multiple submissions are allowed in the free contest. Complete rules and a link to the Tube Dudes website are available at the City of Greer website.

Whimsical and colorful “Dudes” with flamingos and fishing poles are a common site in Sarasota, where Gerber founded his studio. They are also installed in France, Australia and other countries. Gerber said the City of Greer is the first municipality to commission Tube Dudes as public art.

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