Emirates News Agency – Manchester City unveils Kompany and Silva statues

  • Manchester City unveils Kompany and Silva statues

Manchester, August 28/WAM/ Today, for the first time, Manchester City Football Club unveiled two new statues in the Etihad Stadium for two of the club’s legends, Belgian Company Vincent and Spaniard David Silva, and the club provided the opportunity for its fans around the world to view these sculptures through A video for this occasion.

The two statues were made by sculptor Andy Scott using thousands of pieces of galvanized steel. These statues will be illuminated with blue lights in the evening.

Born in Glasgow and a graduate of Art College, Andy Scott is one of the world’s best-known sculptors thanks to his innovative style that draws on traditional craftsmanship and modern manufacturing techniques, and his distinguished portfolio includes more than 80 contemporary art projects in the UK and around the world, and Andy is currently working From his studio in Philadelphia, USA, he sculpts his artwork using galvanized steel.

The artist began work on the two sculptures of Kompany and Silva in June 2020, and they were flown by Etihad Airways on schedule from Philadelphia to Manchester earlier this month.

The idea of ​​creating these sculptures aims to remind Manchester City fans of the essential role that both Kompany and Silva played in achieving many championships, successes and achievements in one of the most historical stages in the club’s 127-year history.

For his part, His Excellency Khaldoon Khalifa Al Mubarak, Chairman of Manchester City Football Club, said: “Fans who attended today’s match with Arsenal had the opportunity to see the statues up close for the first time, and I hope these beautiful sculptures will bring back their memories of the exceptional moments that these two stars have recorded over the past ten years. “.

He added: “Andy’s skill is to showcase the strength and resilience of David and Vincent through contemporary art techniques and his use of industrial materials, bringing his artworks into the style and essence of Manchester City. Work is underway on the Sergio Aguero statue and we look forward to honoring his legacy in the coming year, reminding future generations of the age of The City that these three men were an integral part of.”

On the occasion of the unveiling of the new statues at the Etihad Stadium, Andy Scott said: “I feel very happy to be involved in this special project, which means a lot to Manchester City fans, and makes them feel happy and proud of their favorite club.”

He added: “I hope that Manchester City fans will enjoy the artwork of these stars who have become legends in the world of football, and I am proud to have been assigned to this task and that is why I did my best to immortalize their achievements.”

For his part, Belgian player Vincent Kompany, former captain of Manchester City, said: “I did not expect to be honored by this great club in this way. Since my wife is from Manchester, and my children were born in this city, they will now always have something to remind them of what their father has achieved in the world of football, which is something I cannot describe. “I was surprised by the size of the statue when I saw it for the first time, it means to me.” a lot”.

Spaniard David Silva said: “My life has changed dramatically during my time with Manchester City, and I am very proud of the achievements we have achieved over the past years, and I am very happy with this wonderful honor. Which I like to play in, and I liked the situation the sculptor chose, it really reminds me of those times when I was playing on the field.”

WAM / Amin Al-Double / Zakaria Mohieldin

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