Last Friday, August 1st, Fine Art Studio of Rotblatt & Amrany’s latest statue was unveiled at Lambeau Field in Green Bay, WI. Former Packers safety LeRoy Butler was present to honor the touchdown tradition he began in 1993. Packers President/CEO Mark Murphy was also present to unveil the new life-size bronze Lambeau Leap statue to the public.
The Green Bay Packers commissioned a team of sculptors from Fine Art Studio of Rotblatt & Amrany in Highwood, IL to design and create a bronze statue to immortalize the triumphant ritual. The statue features four die-hard Packers fans cast in bronze, ready to catch anyone who wants to pose for a photo while doing their own Lambeau Leap. While Butler pioneered the tradition, this statue is fundamentally dedicated to the loyal Packers fans and celebrates the special bond between fans and the players as they rejoice together over great end zone plays.
At the unveiling, LeRoy Butler spoke about the unique bond between Packers players and fans that comes to life through the Lambeau Leap.
“Out of every football celebration, this one is unique because it incorporates the fans,” said Butler. “It caught on because it shows the fans how much the players appreciate them and vice versa. For every Packers fan who sees the statue, you can understand what it means to be in Lambeau Field and it immortalizes the Lambeau Leap.” (packers.com)
The Lambeau Leap is a tradition that has been enjoyed by players and fans for 21 years. During a frigid December game in 1993 against the Oakland Raiders, LeRoy Butler caught a lateral pass from Reggie White and ran it in for a defensive touchdown resulting in the Packers’ 28-0 shutout. After the touchdown, Butler continued running past the end zone and went all the way to the stadium wall, where he spontaneously leaped up the green padding into the crowd. He was received by the arms of excited fans seated in the front row of the south end zone seats.
The Lambeau Leap statue is installed just outside the team’s pro shop on the ground level near the north end of the Atrium, below the statues of Curly Lambeau and Vince Lombardi, which were also produced by Fine Art Studio of Rotblatt & Amrany. The team of sculptors from Fine Art Studio of Rotblatt & Amrany contributing to the Lambeau Leap includes Oscar Leon, Sean Bell, Jessica LoPresti, and Gary Tillery, some of whom were also present at the unveiling ceremony last Friday.
Packers President/CEO Mark Murphy was also involved in the process of the sculpture’s conception. “We looked at a lot of different pictures and studied all kinds of different things people would be wearing to make it as accurate as possible,” said Murphy. (jsonline)
“We’re very excited about this new addition to Lambeau Field,” continued Murphy. “The Lambeau Leap is one of the great traditions in the NFL and highlights the special connection between our players and fans. Visitors to Lambeau Field will now be able to experience their own Lambeau Leap.” (packers.com)