WOODSTOCK - It was a death that “devastated” some in Woodstock.
He was called Bob. A beloved friend who could be seen most days at his favorite perch near a Woodstock neighborhood.
His life ended tragically in January. Bob died in a hit-and-run just steps away from his spot in Cherokee County.
Now one woman has made it her mission to honor Bob.
Bob, the Turkey.
"This has been my crusade," Woodstock resident Diane Geeslin told the AJC. "People were devastated when Bob passed away."
Geeslin rallied her community and found an Acworth man known as the “junkman aritist” to create a monument in Bob’s honor.
Now those that enter Main Street in Woodstock will be greeted by a metal sculpture of Bob.
It’s made entirely of recyclable materials. Bruce Weinzetl created a 60-pound sculpture out of scraps donated by Cherokee County residents and business. It’s made of 18-gauge mild steel, complete with exhaust pipe and rebar pieces.
Bob even has 700 metal feathers.
"You work with what you've got," Weinzetl explained.
Weinzetl says he worked off a photo on Bob’s Facebook page (he’s got about 2,000 fans).
"To capture what he did in this art is incredible," Geeslin said.
Geeslin pitched her idea to the Woodstock mayor and city council to put Bob right in front of downtown on Hwy 92. They jumped right on board.
A plaque is being created and will read, "Until one has loved an animal, a part of one's soul remains unawakened," Geeslin said. She's hoping the city will plan a dedication to its newest addition.
Geeslin was also able to get donations from residents to pay for the work.