Schwarzenegger Commissions Statues

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September 26, 2011 | 7:45am EST

Arnold Schwarzenegger has been immortalised in bronze after commissioning three larger-than-life-size statues of himself.
The Hollywood actor ordered three of the eight-foot tall replicas, which show the star posing in his bodybuilding days, based on a 22-inch sculpture created by Idaho artist Ralph Crawford in 1980.

The first statue has been completed and Schwarzenegger was photographed inspecting the piece at the TW Bronze gallery in Wallowa County, Oregon earlier this month.

TW Bronze owner/artisan Tim Park tells the Wallowa County Chieftain newspaper, “His exact words were, ‘This is fantastic,’ and he said it about four times.”

The first statue has been shipped to Schwarzenegger’s childhood home in Thal, Austria, where a museum there is dedicated to his life and career.

A second piece, which is expected to be complete by the end of the month, is reportedly going to be sent to Columbus, Ohio, where the Arnold Classic professional bodybuilding competition is held every year.

Schwarzenegger will reportedly keep a third statue for himself.