Wilt Chamberlain – Sports Commission Bronze Statue
"It's a mauve, serrated, expressionist evocation of an athlete in motionless flight to an imaginary basketball rim. He's recognizable even to the artistically - challenged as Wilt Chamberlain." - The Chicago Defender
This tribute to Wilt ‘The Stilt’ Chamberlin stands 18 feet tall. The multi-figure bronze sculpture atop a granite base commemorates both his legacy and his foundation and was commissioned by the Philadelphia 76ers. The statue is located at the Wells Fargo Center, in Philadelphia, PA. He is depicted towards the bottom as a coach-like figure, which evolves to an intense and expressive sculpture of a high-flying dunk. The Chicago-based artist Omri Amrany included the bands around Wilt’s wrist as it was important to Chamberlain. He used to say that the bands would remind him of what he had to go through in his youth.
“…the statue is something to keep his legacy alive.” – Barbara Lewis, Chamberlin’s sister
“The Big Dipper soars above Philadelphia now in the form of double postmodern sculptures” – Chicago Defender
“Created by world-renowned sculptor Omri Amrany” – The Philadelphia Tribune