Windsor, Vermont sculptor Lawrence Nowlan has been commissioned to create an 8-foot bronze statue of the late boxing legend Joe Frazier. At left, is an 18-inch preliminary model. Nowlan grew up in the Philadelphia area during Frazier’s boxing career and the design seen here is inspired from Frazier’s left-hand hook that knocked down Muhammad Ali in “The Fight of the Century” in 1971. PHOTO PROVIDED
Republished with permission from the Rutland Herald
WINDSOR, VT — A Windsor sculptor is taking on a heavyweight challenge for the city of Brotherly Love.
Lawrence Nowlan was recently commissioned by the city of Philadelphia to create a life-size statue of the late boxing great Joe Frazier. Nowlan is a renowned sculptor from Merion, Pa., who created bronze statues of former Philadelphia Phillies broadcaster Harry Kalas and the Wildland Firefighters National Monument in Boise, Idaho.
A Joe Frazier Statue Committee was launched last summer and Nowlan was among eight sculptors short-listed for the project. Nowlan found out he was selected in late April and said the feeling is “surreal” that he will be re-creating a legendary sports figure he grew up following.
“From a sculptor and fan’s standpoint, it’s a dream come true,” Nowlan said. “Growing up in the Philadelphia area, we were all big Joe Frazier fans. He’s a good representation of what Philadelphia stands for: tough, hard-working and determined.”
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