5:20 PM EDT, September 24, 2012
ROCKBRIDGE CO., Va.
Closed, locked gates are all that greet visitors at the Monster Museum these days.
Artist Mark Cline gave WDBJ7 this exclusive video of the fire back in April.
The tourist attraction has been closed since then.
And, according to Cline it may be closed a while longer.
"Unfortunately since the Monster Museum burned down we're not going to open a Halloween thing there," he says.
In fact, we may have seen the end of those monsters.
Explains Cline, "If we did put something there it would be entirely different, but would have the same chills, thrills and the excitement as the monster museum did."
While a decision is still in the works on the museum, Cline is keeping busy.
He's creating another version of his infamous foamhenge for a client.
"For a man to build a replica of stonehedge in his life time is crazy. A second one is totally ridiculous," laughs Cline.
And, he's been approached to star in a reality show.
"We're looking at doing something there where I'd become a Johnny Appleseed of roadside art and I would go from town to town."
But, inspite of it all, the man who describes himself as "an entertainer who does art," still loves to lose himself in his work and bring others, along for the ride.
Says Cline, "I create my pieces so it will generate smiles. And, smiles have a way of turning into laughter and laughter has been proven to heal people and you can't get any better than."
Cline says he and Natural Bridge will meet in about 2-weeks to discuss the future of the museum site.
In the meantime, if you're looking for something scary this Halloween, Cline is hosting a ghost walk in Lexington.
Click here for more details.
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