Posted on November 2, 2011 at 5:09 AM
Monday, Nov 11 at 7:52 PM
(KMOV.com) -- Albert Pujols and his wife Deidre attended the dedication and unveiling of a statue in honor of the Cardinals slugger Wednesday morning.
The 10-foot-tall bronze statue was dedicated at 11:00 a.m. at Westport Plaza. The statue sits between the north entrance of Pujols 5 Westport Grill restaurant and the Sheraton Westport Chalet Hotel.
Two-years ago, an anonymous donor wanted to recognize Albert Pujols for his dedication to the St. Louis Cardinals and the St. Louis community by having a statue made in his honor.
Nationally acclaimed sculptor Harry Weber, who is known for his captivating sculptures such as the heroic size Lewis and Clark sculpture on the St. Louis Riverfront and the 'Plaza of Champions' outside Busch Stadium, was commissioned to design and sculpt the figure. Now, two years later, the masterpiece is complete.
The donor also commissioned Harry Weber to create limited edition replicas of the Albert Pujols statue to be sold to raise money for the Pujols Family Foundation. Two sizes of bronze statues and copies of Weber's original sketch of the sculpture are available for purchase through Fine Art, Ltd
. The replicas were also on display at the dedication ceremony. Quantities are limited, so you will need to act fast to get your hands on one.