Artist says tackling 'Philly Special' sculpture was challenging but rewarding

Raymond Gibby, a bronze sculptor from Utah, was commissioned by Bud Light to make the statue.

Dan Wing
September 08, 2018 - 12:44 pm
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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) -- A sculpture commemorating the "Philly Special" and the Eagles Super Bowl win was unveiled Wednesday outside of Lincoln Financial Field. The artist behind the statue spoke to KYW Newsradio about immortalizing a piece of Philadelphia sports history.

The nine-foot tall sculpture depicting the legendary conversation between quarterback Nick Foles and head coach Doug Pederson that preceded the play itself during Super Bowl LII sits in HeadHouse Plaza outside Lincoln Financial field, where fans can get up close and personal with it for pictures. 

"It's that very moment when Nick Foles comes to the sideline and asks Doug Pederson, 'You want Philly Philly?,'" explained artist Raymond Gibby, "and of course Doug Pederson says, 'Yeah, let's do it.'"

Gibby, a bronze sculptor from Utah, was commissioned by Bud Light to make the statue, and given just four and a half months to get it done. He says it was a tough task, but well worth it when finished.

"To see a life of effort culminated into one moment, one frozen moment," Gibby said, "and I'm the one that gets to make that moment happen, and everyone gets to from there on out, remember that moment or that person and their accomplishments, your heart kind of wants to burst."

He says the biggest challenge aside from the timeline was getting approval from his wife.

"I went to her and I said, 'Honey, this is gonna be done in about four and a half months and it should take about a year. That means you're not going to see me for the next couple months,'" Gibby said. "'I'm gonna be in my studio and I'm not coming out.'"

The final product has received nothing but praise from Eagles fans since being unveiled.

Gibby says he actually saved some pieces of the ceramic mold the more than 5,500 pound sculpture was made from, and he'll be selling those off to anyone who's interested. 

You can see more of Raymond Gibby's work and purchase those sculpture mold pieces on his website.