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Company pokes fun at new Jacksonville statue by creating ‘Lerp?’ socks

Rock ‘Em Socks creates ‘Lerp? Derp? Lax? Jax?’ socks

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – You’ve probably seen it on social media already -- A project to create a “JAX” sculpture at the former Jacksonville Landing site is getting a lot of attention.

It’s hard to tell if the sculpture says Jax, Lax, or even Lerp... but it seems like everyone has something to say about it.

Thousands of people have already signed a petition to stop the sculpture.

A Change.org petition calls the plan “a waste of money” and currently has more than 17,000 signatures.

The 150-foot artwork is the brainchild of the architectural firm, Perkins & Will.

The artist says it’s a fluid form of water rising up from the river into the City skyline... and that it’s supposed to be up for interpretation.

Love it or hate it, retailers are now getting in on the hype. Rock ‘Em Socks released a pair of socks online this week featuring the planned statue.

The Jacksonville Lerp Statue socks are priced at $14.

The CEO of the Downtown Investment authority said Love it or hate it, the proposed sculpture has received a great deal of public comment -- which she says indicates how ICONIC it is.

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About the Author:

Carianne Luter is a social media producer for News4Jax and has worked at Channel 4 since December 2015. She graduated from the University of North Florida with a degree in communications.