Magruder Park in Hyattsville, Maryland is home to a sculpture erected in memoriam to Jim Henson. The memorial was installed in July 2016 in the park's courtyard and consists of characters from Sam and Friends on a flower planter, surrounded by benches with quotes from Henson's work and writings.
The piece was sculpted by Bill Culbertson for a development that was approved for $50,000 in 2012. Culbertson visited the original Sam and Friends puppets on display at The Smithsonian Institution for reference and worked with Muppet builder Bonnie Erickson to ensure accuracy to the characters.
The planter will also house the community's annual holiday tree. A dedication ceremony will commence in the summer of 2016.
- Hyattsville Today "Magruder Park now home to memorial honoring Jim Henson’s legacy" by Rebecca Bennett, July 9, 2016