Statue to honor Ebert in the works

Published 09/10 2013 04:48PM

Updated 09/10 2013 09:13PM

CHAMPAIGN -- Roger Ebert may be gone, but his spirit will stay alive at the Virginia Theatre. A fundraising campaign will help pay to build a statue of him.

It will be placed in front of the theater where Ebertfest is held annually. The statue will be life-sized, bronze and show Ebert how most people remember him; in a theater seat. He'll also be holding up his signature "thumbs up" gesture.

It's a design Roger's wife, Chaz, helped create. She worked with artist Rick Harney. He's taken time off lately to be with his autistic son. Harney says his son loves movies and movie reviews, so he couldn't pass up this project.

The sculpture will cost about $125,000. So, before it can be placed in front of the theater, the Ebert Sculpture Fund is looking for donations.

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