Fri., December 20, 2013 8:14am (EST)

WEIRD MACON: Santa Claus And His Sleigh Drawn By...Ants?
By Marin Guta and Jane Hammond
Updated: 7 months ago

MACON, Ga.  —  
The weirdet thing Helen Meadors ever saw in Macon was a sculture of Santa Claus driving a sleigh drawn by ants. (Photo: courtesy of Helen Meadors)
The weirdet thing Helen Meadors ever saw in Macon was a sculture of Santa Claus driving a sleigh drawn by ants. (Photo: courtesy of Helen Meadors)
Helen Meadors has seen a lot of weird things in Macon. But nothing topped her drive down Riverside Drive in the winter of 2008 -- a sight that remains a mystery.

Meadors and a friend were leaving a downtown business when they noticed a peculiar sight on the side of the road, just east of Burger King.

“There’s a large pile of red clay pointed at the top and it looks like an ant hill,” Meadors recounted. “Somebody has made a welded sculpture of Santa Claus in a sleigh and the reindeer are ants and on the side of the sleigh it says, ‘Ho, ho,’ and he is driving the ants.”

The women immediately pulled over and took pictures of the wrought-iron and dirt masterpiece. As they got closer, they noticed an even more peculiar aspect of the installation.

“(There’s) a separate ant, a bigger ant and in front of him is a sign that says ‘I told you,’” Meadors said. While pondering it for years later, the women came up with an idea.

“My friend’s theory was that possibly somebody challenged another person to make a sculpture of ants and the challenger says, ‘Aw, no, you won’t do that’ and so the sculptor did it,” Meadors explained.

“She did make the sculpture and put, ‘I told you on there,’ to say, ‘Look at what I did.’”

No matter who or why made it, the ants marched their way into Meadors’ memory forever.

“We kept the pictures and always wondered and always speculated about what is this thing that was so great and who did it?” she said. “That’s the weirdest thing I’ve seen in Macon.”

Marin Guta and Jane Hammond are students at Mercer University's Center for Collaborative Journalism. This story is part of the Macon in the Mirror series produced by GPB in partnership with Mercer and The Telegraph of Macon.