June 7th, 2011
06:00 AM ET
Christopher Reeve will always be remembered for his iconic role in the 1978 film "Superman." Now, the late actor—who was paralyzed from the neck down following a 1995 horseback riding accident and died in 2004—is being immortalized as a lifelike, life-size statue at the L.A. Times' upcoming Hero Complex Film Festival.
“This figure was sculpted in clay from various stills of Mr. Reeve,” British sculptor Mike Hill tells the newspaper. “The sculpture was then reproduced in silicone rubber and fiberglass. The skin is painted in layers to reflect human skin tones. The acrylic eyes are custom made to match Reeve's own. Each hair is punched [into place] one at a time. The costume is an exact replica of the original.”
Fans can photograph themselves with the Man of Steel on June 11, when the statue is displayed at the festival, where both "Superman" and "Superman II: The Donner Cut" will be screened.
“I made this piece to remind me of my youth,” says Hill. “As adults we forget the magic moments that forged our childhood dreams. For me ‘Superman’ still ignites that little boy who couldn’t afford popcorn watching an uplifting and incredibly exciting superhero save the planet. I believed a man could fly … and I still do.”
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