Sculptor of new Pat Summitt statue talks about its design

Sculptor of new Pat Summitt statue talks about its design

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The Pat Summitt statue is now covered with a black drape until it will be unveiled on Friday. The Pat Summitt statue is now covered with a black drape until it will be unveiled on Friday.
"Since she couldn't come, Donna Thomas brought this shoe down, just gave me one of her shoes," sculptor David Adickes said. "Since she couldn't come, Donna Thomas brought this shoe down, just gave me one of her shoes," sculptor David Adickes said.

By JOSH AULT
6 News Reporter

KNOXVILLE (WATE) - The man responsible for sculpting a bronze statue of UT's legendary basketball coach Pat Summitt was in Knoxville on Thursday.

The statue is located directly across from the Pratt Pavilion on UT's campus on Lake Loudon Boulevard and Phillip Fulmer Way.  

The Pat Summitt statue arrived on a flatbed truck last night from Houston, Tex.

The statue is now covered with a black drape until it will be unveiled on Friday.

David Adickes, 86, of Houston, was selected to create the sculpture.

"I just wanted to get the right pose, and the right attitude, and her expressions," said Adickes.

Adickes, an internationally known artist and sculptor, said even though he never met Summitt in person, he used many photos and videos of the legendary coach to get the statue just perfect.

"She's leaning back," he described, "Her right heel is in the air slightly, feet are apart like that, it's posed of, I would say, triumph."

The statue is nearly nine feet tall, and weighs 500 pounds. University officials at first wanted the statue to be life-size.

"I had to convince them that in my experience a life-size statue seen from afar looks diminished," said Adickes.

Even though Adickes didn't get to meet Summitt, he did have one of her personal belongings to help him with the design.

"Since she couldn't come, Donna Thomas brought this shoe down, just gave me one of her shoes," he said.

The shoe helped give a personal touch to the statue.

"It's used for the style, the folds across here, the height of the heel," he said.

Adickes has done numerous statues, including many of politicians, but this is his first sculpture of a sports figure.     

He hopes people will see Summitt's life in his work.

"I want it to look like a successful person," he said. "A successful life, a successful winning a ball game. She looks like a winner. If there was one word I would use, she looks like a winner."    

Adickes says it took three months to create the statue.           

He is hoping to meet Summitt during his visit on Thursday and to return her shoe.

550 donors came forward to provide financial support for the project.       

The dedication of the Pat Summitt Plaza and statue will take place at 11 a.m. on Friday.     

We will air the ceremony live on WATE 6 News and online.

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