Arnold Commissions 8-Foot Bronze Statues of Himself

He's keeping one for himself, creator says
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 26, 2011 10:19 AM CDT
Picture taken 19th May 1977 of American actor Arnold Schwarzenegger during the 38th Cannes film festival.   (Getty Images)

(Newser) – Arnold Schwarzenegger’s biggest fan may just be … Arnold Schwarzenegger. The action hero and former Governator of California has commissioned at least three larger-than-life bronze statues of himself when he was at his most buff, and he’ll be keeping at least one for himself. The owner of the bronze business Arnie hired tells the New York Daily News that as many as seven of the statues could ultimately be created.

They’ll be based on a 22-inch sculpture created by an artist in 1980, which shows Schwarzenegger flexing his biceps during the body-building era in which he won seven Mr. Olympia titles. The new statues will be blown-up versions, eight feet tall. The first was already shipped to a Schwarzenegger museum in his old childhood home, and a second will go to the location of the annual Arnold Fitness Weekend.

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