Fine Art Studio of Rotblatt & Amrany was commissioned by Fox Searchlight Studios to sculpt a life-size bronze of Napoleon Dynamite for an unveiling at the movie’s 10th-anniversary celebration early last month. The cast and crew reunited on June 9th, 2014 to celebrate, and together they unveiled the sculpture to the world.
Star of the film, actor Jon Heder appeared at the unveiling of the Napoleon Dynamite bronze statue – complete with his iconic ‘Vote for Pedro’ T-shirt, moon boots, and tether-ball at the Fox Searchlight Pictures lot in Los Angeles, CA.
Other cast members including Efren Ramirez (Pedro), Tina Majorino (Deb), Haylie Duff (Summer), Sandy Martin (Grandma), Diedrich Bader (Rex), and Shondrella Avery (Lafawnduh) also made an appearance at the statue’s unveiling, posing for photos with the bronze Napoleon and speaking about their roles in the film.
The studio artists that worked on the Napoleon Dynamite Statue project were studio co-founder, Omri Amrany and studio instructor Oscar Leon. The artists used enamel paint to give a realistic touch to a classical style bronze statue.
Napoleon Dynamite was filmed in just 22 days with a budget of only $400,000. It went on to gross over $46 million worldwide and has become a cult favorite. The film was followed by an animated series that ran for one season in 2012 on Fox, featuring the voices of the original cast.
Fox Searchlight wrote on Facebook: “Happy Napoleon Dynamite Day! The cast stopped by today to celebrate the 10th Anniversary of the film, and to unveil this flippin’ sweet bronze statue of Napoleon in all of his glory, moon boots and all!”
A screening of the film took place at the Bing Theatre at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, with live commentary from Heder and Hess. The cast and crew also took part in a Q&A session with fans who attended the celebration.
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Fine Art Studio of Rotblatt & Amrany is a Chicago-based group of artists and designers known for public artwork. Installations include parks and urban development. Our expertise spans the domain of figurative bronze monuments to contemporary art installations incorporating steel, glass, and granite. Our works will last in perpetuity. They reflect current contemporary consciousness and look into the future for experimentation with newfound materials and cutting edge discoveries in science.
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