Thierry Henry moved to tears by Arsenal tribute
Arsenal Legend Thierry Henry was unable to hold back the tears when the bronze statue immortalising him forever was unveiled at Emirates Stadium on Friday. Having set the brief and art directed the production of this and two other statues of fellow Club heroes Herbert Chapman and Tony Adams, 20.20 were invited to a special ceremony where all three sculptures were seen for the first time by expectant fans and the world’s press.
Thierry was asked to say a few words once the iconic pose of him celebrating his wonder goal against local rivals Tottenham Hotspur in 2002 was revealed, “Thanks to everyone involved, this statue is the perfect example of the love I have for this Club, the way I am kneeling facing Emirates and with Highbury behind me is amazing. Never in my wildest dreams did I think I would ever have something like this.”
Henry paused to gather himself as the occasion began to overwhelm him and the crowd spontaneously began to chant his name.
Jon Lee, Creative Director 20.20 and self-confessed Arsenal fan said after the event: “Its great to finally see these pieces in their natural home. After a whole year of work it is fantastic to see the reaction from the Club, the fans and Thierry himself. It was an emotional day and to see Henry react like that was amazing and totally unexpected. Also seeing the fans interacting with the pieces which was is exactly what we wanted. What is great is they are going to be there forever, for a new generation of fans to see for another 125years.
“The journey from initally deciding who, where and how has been phenomenal. Commissioning MDM was one of our best decisions in this process, they have really helped us deliver the quality we were after and being able to work with craftsmen of such high standards has been incredible. The chasing in of the detail on the bronze is beautiful, the final patina has come into a life of its own in natural daylight. There is also the things people won’t see like the engineering that has gone into the base structure which is unique and even the depth of the cast.”
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