Recently we told you about a life-sized art project made of a certain hockey-masked slasher named Jason who was removed from the bottom of Lake Pleasant in Arizona. That story is mostly true, but there is a new twist you might be interested in reading about.
Like we said in our previous article, project creator Zachary Nagy made the statue in honor of Jason’s watery demise in Friday the 13th Part 6. The lakebed diorama also includes a road sign that reads “Crystal Lake.”
The diving community thought the idea was cool and a legend was born. It wasn’t until videos surfaced on Reddit of the underwater form that things got complicated; the Arizona parks department saw the footage and thus began their mission to remove it.
But here’s where things get murky. Our original article states that the statue had been removed, but Nagy, in an interview for Slasher Radio, says no, he’s still there, the suits just haven’t found him yet.
In fact, the artist says he recently relocated the “body” after Lake Pleasant was drained.
“They drained the lake lower than they ever have before, this year,” said Nagy in the interview. “So we ended up having to move him like two months in, so everyone thought Jason just disappeared for a little bit….he got down to like twenty feet of water and we’re like okay let’s move him back to sixty [feet down].”
For now, Jason is still anchored at the bottom of the lake somewhere and divers can visit him if they know where to look, but Nagy isn’t giving anything away.
“It’s at Lake Pleasant, but the location I will not tell you,” he said. Let’s hope the Mulder wannabees at the Arizona Parks Department are unsuccessful in their mission to dredge up Mr. Voorhees.
Slasher Radio says they are supporting Jason’s creator with a petition to fight to keep the masked statue at the bottom of Lake Pleasant.
You can listen to the entire interview below.