Ha, yeah, I know about the Statue of Liberty effect... it IS cool.
The first one I saw in person, was when I was four or five; first impressions I guess! And there is something about the fact that it was initially explained to me that it was a "mistake", perhaps.
I'd certainly love one, and don't go "ewww". Anymore. But I suppose I DID think it was fair to call the paint repugnant yesterday, so... LOL :-) A love/hate affair at this point.