Tribute to George Halas – Sports Commission Bronze Statue
This bas-relief monument is a timeline tribute to George Halas and his contribution to the world of football and the history of the Chicago Bears. Fragments of time have been brought together to formulate a composition. The structure is held together with emanating lines to design and reflect Halas’ energy, enthusiasm, and direction; lines which also represent the clock ticking forward or backward, for time does not only move in linear fashion. The monument is comprised of a 26 ½’ x 15 3/8’ wide 11,500 lbs granite wall, white bronze figures on black absolute granite with laser-etched imagery. Halas is an 8-foot figure along with 8 other legends of the Chicago Bears. A timeline, one famous player from each decade: Red Grange, Sid Luckman, Bill George, Bronco Nagurski, Gale Sayers, Dick Butkus, Mike Singletary, and Walter Payton. The laser-etched imagery shows the team in the 1920’s – also Halas and his team celebrating the 1940’s win against the Washington Redskins, fan images from Wrigley Field, a photo of Halas with George Jr. and Paddy Driscol, and a fan grouping from the 1980’s. Integrated into the composition is the famous “T” formation that George Halas invented.