Chicago: United Center - Michael Jordan Statue

In late 1993, Bulls Chairman, Jerry Reinsdorf, directed team Vice President, Steve Schanwald, to conduct a search for a sculptor who could craft a statue as tribute to the greatest player in NBA history. In January, 1994 Schanwald hired the husband-wife team of Omri and Julie Rotblatt-Amrany of Highland Park, Illinois, to design and create a statue of the then retired Bulls superstar which would stand forever at the entrance to the United Center, the Bulls' new home, which was set to open in August of that same year. Schanwald sought a design which would be a realistic depiction of Jordan, illustrate the spectacular nature of his unique skill, and create an illusion of flight.

 

The statue, unveiled before a national television audience by Larry King, Mr. Reinsdorf and Jordan himself, in a November 1, 1994 ceremony at which Michael Jordan's famous #23 was retired, sits on a 5-foot high black granite base inscribed with Mr. Jordan's basketball achievements, and the words, "The best there ever was. The best there ever will be." The statue itself measures 12 feet tall (17 feet from top to bottom) and weights 2,000 pounds. The statue was cast in bronze using the "lost wax" method at Art Casting of Illinois, a foundry in Oregon, Illinois.

 

Working in secrecy, and putting in 16-hour days, 7 days a week for 4 months, the Amrany's finished work depicts Jordan soaring over an abstract entanglement of opponents, preparing to unleash one of his signature dunks. The airborne Jordan is attached to the base at just one point-the knee.

 

Explore: July 5, 2006

  • Mowling 9y

    Great shot, great statue, great player.
  • K-HERO 8y

    I miss him so badly... great shot...
  • marcus p. 8y

    nice shot
  • JDZ 7y

    Hi, I'm an admin for a group called NBA (National Basketball Association), and we'd love to have this added to the group!
  • pueic 6y

    Hi, I’m korean publishing editor.
    I want to use your photos for a book. Title's name is 『Psychology Espresso』. This book contains lots of informations about psychology. So I would like to get a permission. If you agree, can we use the photograph free of charge? If we can use it for free, then we will be very happy. Your photo will add a value to our book. We must clarify your copyright in our book. If you have questions or concerns, please give me e-mail (pueic@bookhouse.co.kr). Thank you very much!
  • none none 5y

    wow its a legend of the legends
  • allen_new_age 5y

    one of a kind, a great legend, God of basketball
  • Louie Jabanag 5y

    Nice, his Airness. The Greatest Basketball Player.
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