The Eric Morecambe Statue was created by renowned artist and sculptor Graham Ibbeson, who will also design the Sunshine Garden of Fame Bronze Wall Art.
PUBLICLY FUNDED STATUES
Graham is one of the UK’s foremost public art sculptors with a track record of producing sculptures of famous names including William Webb Ellis (Rugby, 1997), Gary Grant (Bristol, 2001), Laurel and Hardy (Ulverston, 2009), Dickie Bird (Barnsley, 2009),
In recent years Graham has worked with businessman Jim Cadman to shape a philosophy to bring publicly funded statues of notable people to communities across Britain. These include Les Dawson (Lytham St Annes, 2008), Fred Trueman (Skipton, 2010) and Don Revie (Leeds, 2012).
THE PEOPLE'S SCULPTOR
Nicknamed ‘The People’s Sculptor’, Graham was born in Barnsley in 1951 and educated at Barnsley School of Art and later in Chesterfield, Leicester, Nottingham and finally at the Royal College of Art in London.
Graham’s work has appeared in numerous exhibitions, public and private collections across the UK, Europe, North America and Asia.
30+ PUBLIC SCULPTURES
He has made over 30 public sculptures across the UK including: The Northampton Sculpture (1986), Scales of Justice (Middlesbrough), The Fair Maid of Perth (1995), The Leeds Millennium Sculpture (2001), The Jarrow March (2001), and a 5 metre high sculpture to commemorate the London Olympics 2012.
Aside from the Morecambe and Wise Bronze Wall Art, Graham is currently working with Jim Cadman by putting the finishing touches to a statue to commemorate football’s co-called ‘Three Degrees’ – Laurie Cunningham, Cyrille Regis and Brendon Batson – to be unveiled in West Bromwich in 2015.