The piece by Mark Nowell, entitled Open Container, was sold to a local eccentric and lover of contemporary art. Though Nowell isnt releasing the buyers name, he has announced that the new owner will allow Prince Mongo to make regular visits in order to maintain strong galactic alliances.
Open Container, which resembles a full moon with an oil well and a globe protruding from its top, was commissioned by Towery Publishing owner Bob Towery years ago. Towery Publishing closed its doors not long after the piece was erected.
For more on Memphis public art, read Andrea Lisles Flyer cover story.