The latest work from the man who created the Eric Morecambe Statue is quite a feat...or rather, a foot.
Graham Ibbeson will cast the Eric statue’s boot in bronze and sell it to raise money for a new Morecambe and Wise landmark in our town.
After Graham’s iconic statue of the Morecambe-born comedian was vandalised in October 2014 and had to be cut down for repairs, all that remained was Eric’s standing foot.
‘The boot’ became an iconic symbol of the attack on the town’s most popular landmark.
So Graham decided he would recreate it, with support from Eric’s family, because he believes it will become a collector’s item.
“I am not condoning the vandalism or taking the mickey out of Eric Morecambe – this in tongue in cheek,” said the Yorkshireman.
“I like the idea of making ‘the boot’ an icon.
“For a couple of weeks last year, ‘the boot’ became a focal point for photographers.
“I found it funny that people were taking photos of this broken boot. So did Gary Morecambe, Eric’s son.
“I have the original mould of ‘the boot’ – exactly where it was cut off on the statue.
“I based it on a pair of boots I bought from Barnsley Market.”
Graham will put ‘the boot’ on sale at an exhibition at a private art gallery in London in October.
Called ‘The Art of Comedy’, the display will also include maquette replicas of the Eric statue and a life-size sculpture of comedian Benny Hill.
Graham will also exhibit early prototypes of the Eric statue kept in safekeeping by The Visitor for years following the unveiling of the statue in 1999, which we returned to Graham after the sculpture was vandalised.
There will also be a maquette of a new piece of wall art of Eric Morecambe and his comedy partner Ernie Wise.
Graham and his business partner Jim Cadman, with the backing of Eric’s family, are campaigning to bring a 10ft high monument of Eric and Ernie to Morecambe seafront in 2016.
All funds from ‘The Art of Comedy’ will go to the appeal, dubbed ‘Morecambe Gets Wise’ by The Visitor.
The Eric Morecambe Statue was reinstalled at its home on Morecambe promenade in December 2014, two months after the vandalism.