Family of artists create Los Angeles Kings' 50th anniversary monument
The statue is the latest in a line of sports tributes made in a Chicago studio by a couple and their son.
Israeli sculptor Omri Amrany has spent his career immortalizing American sports heroes. His hands have fashioned monuments into the likenesses of Michael Jordan, Magic Johnson and Vince Lombardi. His latest work honors the accomplishments of an entire team – the Los Angeles Kings.
The hockey team recently unveiled a behemoth of a monument in front of the Staples Center in honor of the franchise's 50th anniversary. The sculpture features various Kings players through the decades, culminating in the iconic moment when team captain Dustin Brown raised the Stanley Cup. The statue – made of bronze, granite and glass – was in the works for five years.
To accomplish such a grand task, Amrany enlisted the help of his wife, Julie, and son, Itamar. "What the Kings' history was about is a band of brothers. Hockey is not an individual game. It is a team effort," said Itamar Amrany, who's attending school in London to earn a master's degree in architectural science.
Added his mother: "We're known for the movement that we create with our sports figures. And so that became a predominant feature in the wall."
The monument is approximately 20 feet in depth and 50 feet long, about the same distance from the pitcher's mound to home plate on a baseball field. "It's got a water fountain in it, granite, copper. I mean it's really, really unique," said Kelly Cheeseman, the team's chief operating officer. "Fans can come and flip a coin into the fountain every game."
This is the second statue that the Amrany trio has made for the LA Kings. Last year, they honored the team's Luc Robitaille, the highest-scoring left wing in NHL history. The family explained how they made that sculpture in the video below:
Amrany, who put on his first major solo exhibition amid the ancient ruins of the coastal Mediterranean city of Caesarea, is moving beyond sports stadiums. His team is currently working on memorializing singer Johnny Cash in a park alongside Folsom Prison in California. They remain incredibly busy, some years producing as many as 45 sculptures during a 12-month period. When asked which one is his favorite, the 63-year-old had this response at the ready: "The one that I didn't do yet."
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