Lucy the Elephant is getting a facelift. The beloved attraction will be closed for nine months starting later this year.
According to nj.com, the six-story tall elephant will have its entire metal skin replaced, starting on Sept. 20, the Save Lucy Committee said in a statement. More than 50% of Lucy’s skin was deteriorated beyond repair, and a study found that replacing the skin would be more cost-effective than removing the old paint and rust.
The repairs will cost $1.4 million, with much of the funding coming from a grant from the Preserve NJ Preservation Fund. Additional finds will come from donations and fundraising, and the committee has applied for a National Park Service Grant.