Think of the Green Bay Packers and many names come to mind -- Starr, Favre, Hutson, Hornung, Canadeo, Davis. But two names probably stand above the rest -- Lambeau and Lombardi.
Now, bronze statues of the two Green Bay Packers legends greet fans outside Lambeau Field. Members of the Curly Lambeau and Vince Lombardi families were on hand Wednesday evening, as the statues were unveiled in the main plaza outside the Lambeau Field Atrium.
"The two statues add to the tradition we wanted to preserve and enhance with the stadium redevelopment project," said Packers President and CEO Bob Harlan. "These statues add tradition and add warmth to the stadium."
The statues were designed and crafted by the husband-wife team of Julie Rotblatt-Amrany and Omri Amrany, owners of Fine Art Studio of Rotblatt-Amrany in Highland Park, Illinois. Their resume of sports statues includes Michael Jordan outside the United Center, Harry Carey at Wrigley Field and the Detroit Tigers Hall of Famers outside Comerica Park.
"It's a great honor to be involved in a project like this," said Omri Amrany. "I think we captured in both of the statues, the time, personality, pride and the environment of what their era represented and the spirit they represented."
The statues stand 14-feet tall atop two-foot high steps and four-foot bases. At 20-feet, they are the largest statues the Amranys have created. The statue of Lambeau, the legendary founder of the Packers, weighs in at 2,400 lbs. The statue of Lombardi, the coach who led the Packers to five championships in the 1960s, is 2,000 lbs.