Commemorative Statues Unveiled At Emirates

Arsenal statues

Arsenal Football Club has today honoured a trio of Club legends by unveiling three statues outside Emirates Stadium, 20.20 worked with the Club to set the creative brief and art direct the production of the statues.

Innovative 1930s manager Herbert Chapman; defensive stalwart Tony Adams and goal scoring hero Thierry Henry have all been commemorated by the bronze statues, which were today unveiled at Emirates Stadium by Arsenal Chairman, Peter Hill-Wood.

The unveiling forms part of Arsenal’s 125th anniversary celebrations, ahead of the Gunners’ home match with Everton on Saturday.

20.20 began working with the Club to set the brief for the statues a year ago. After extensive research into different styles, we settled on a look and feel and a level of finish that emulates the famous St John Betjeman statue at St Pancras International station. A fans forum and the club went to on to choose the three legends to be depicted and 20.20 helped to select the poses they would hold.

The statue of Herbert Chapman is located underneath the clock, close to the Danny Fiszman Bridge and sees him looking towards the stadium as a symbol of the Club’s progressiveness since he revolutionised them in the 1930s.

Tony Adams is located outside the North Bank where he celebrates scoring the championship winning goal against Everton in the 1997-98 season. He enjoyed a 19-year career at the only Club he ever played for and is Arsenal’s most successful Captain.

Finally Thierry Henry is depicted in his famous celebration after scoring his wonder goal against Tottenham Hotspur at Highbury in November 2002. The statue of Henry is located in the south east corner of Emirates Stadium, by the Spirit of Highbury mural.

20.20 sourced MDM to create the statues that have been cast in bronze and are all life size and a half of the individuals. Having taken roughly 625 hours to create and weighing in at approximately 200kg each, the figures were painstakingly lifted into place on Wednesday, ahead of Friday’s ceremony.

Jon Lee, Creative Director 20.20 said: “To work so closely on these statues and see them develop from our first initial thoughts and sketches to what we see today has been amazing. The detail and quality of these pieces are exactly what we set out to achieve. The thickness of the casting, the detail in the bronze and the patina and finish make them look exceptional. We are honoured to have been involved.”

Peter Hill-Wood, Chairman Arsenal FC Said: “Today is a celebration of three hugely influential figures in the history of Arsenal Football Club. Herbert Chapman, Tony Adams and Thierry Henry are three Arsenal Legends who have all contributed so much to the successes of this football club.”

He concluded: “These legends are now proudly on display outside Emirates Stadium for all to see, and will provide a way for Arsenal supporters, and indeed any visitors to the stadium, to remember them and pay their own tributes to these three great men.”

Andrew Hearn
Posted on Friday December 9 2011 | Comments (0)