By Mike DeNardo
PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – Dedication is set for the fall for the nearly completed statue of legendary boxer Joe Frazier.
The statue should be finished by the end of this month, but it’ll be a while before it’s seen in public. Right now, it’s in bronze pieces waiting to be assembled at a Fishtown foundry, where artist Shane Stratton says he is already moved:
“It stirs you. There’s a lot of power in the form."
“I was always going for a great design and immediate impact,” explains sculptor Stephen Layne. “Something as soon as you see it you know it’s him — and as soon as you see it, you feel in yourself what that pose is expressing."
“It absolutely did come from the heart,” adds Layne. “And it’s something that was on my mind and in my heart all the time as I was working on the piece.”
The unveiling of the Joe Frazier statue is scheduled for September 12 outside Xfinity Live.