Gr8at: Sporting Statues

There really are some fantastic sporting sculptures around the world. After writing posts on colour and black and white sporting photographs, I thought it was about time to celebrate another form of creativity that captures the legacies within sport. Have you seen any of them up close? Is there one that particularly jumps out at you?

Ayrton Senna statue

Supreme Formula 1 star Ayrton Senna racer tragically died on the track in Imola, San Marino in 1994. The three-time World Champion’s legacy is commemorated with this reflective statue, which contains a quote from the iconic Brazilian: “I think I’m very far from a way of life that I would like .”

Tom Finney statue

Eagled eyed readers will be aware that that this statue came from one of my favourite sporting photographs. This fantastic statue of Sir Tom Finney is located in the footballer’s tome town of Preston, outside of The National Football Museum.

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - DECEMBER 22:  A bronze statue of former Australian cricketer Dennis Lillee is seen in front of the MCG as part of the Walk of the Champions at the Melbourne Cricket Ground December 22, 2006 in Melbourne, Australia. Lillee retired in 1984 with a then record of 355 test wickets.  (Photo by Robert Cianflone/Getty Images)

One of only two in the list to feature a sports star still living, the bronze portrayal of former Australian fast bowler Dennis Lillee is a delight. Located outside the Melbourne Cricket Ground, it perfectly captures the motion that used to strike fear in opposition batsmen (Photo by Robert Cianflone/Getty Images).

Brian Clough Peter Taylor

Nottingham Forest are the only team to have won the European Cup and later be playing in the third tier within their domestic league. The statue of manager Brian Clough and his assistant Peter Taylor celebrates the 1980 and 1981 winning teams.

Frank White baseball statue

Second baseman Frank White was as near to a safe pair of hands as you are ever going to get. Winner of the Gold Glove Award eight times, including six consecutive seasons from 1977 to 1982, he has had his number 20 jersey retired by his Kansas City Royals team, as well as this graceful statue. White has since coached and commented, and won an at-large seat on the jackson County Legislature.

Green Bay Packers statue

Of course, sport wouldn’t be anything without its fans. The Green Bay Packers unveiled this statue to celebrate the post-touchdown celebration of a player jumping into the stands behind the end zone, known as the Lambeau Leap.

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14 thoughts on “Gr8at: Sporting Statues

    • It’s kind of been forgotten, but before he got sent off he did an incredible dinked penalty. In a World Cup Final, with the whole world watching. Zidane would have taken one of the penalties too. An astonishing player. His volley to win the European Cup against Leverkusen was sensational.

    • From what I understood, it was outdoors but someone complained so they moved it to a museum. That statue is awesome. Athens must have been incredible. Would love to go at some point.

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