The Memphis Business Journal, The Irish Times, News of the World, Evening Herald, Daily Journal, The Eagle, Yours, Ireland's Eye, Ireland's Own, The Dublin Daily, My Weekly, The Weekly News, Irish Examiner, Irish Star, Fingal Independent, Sunday World, newspapers and magazines along with the Tupelo and Mississippi guide books and other branches of the media have all featured Michiel Van der Sommen's work of Art, the beautiful and poignant life-sized bronze statue of, "Elvis at 13",
So what is so special about a bronze statue of Elvis Presley you ask? As if the editors of the above publications didn't:-)
Well this particular one is at ground level and thousands of Elvis fan are now taking the opportunity to put their arms around Elvis, and hold his outstretched hand, as they are photographed close to where Elvis was born. It may turn out to be amongst the most photographed statues in America - especially with the Tupelo Elvis Festivals attracting increasing numbers of fans and the all year round visitors too. It will be there when we are all pushing up the daisies:-)
I make no apologies to anyone for posting this topic again, because the creator of the statue, Michiel Van der Sommen, former Arctic helicopter pilot, a truly modern renaissance man, is to be our guest here in Ireland next week. Michiel may appear on TV3 on the 19th June, and be interviewed on our Radio stations. Newspapers will be covering his meeting with the, Society of Irish Sculptors, and a visit to an Irish Foundry.
Michiel will be giving a lecture on "From Clay to Bronze" at the Dublin Central Library, Henry Street, Dublin , Ireland. 6.30 PM 18th June 2003. All are welcome it is a Free event, a Slide-show included.
Knowing nearly everyone has Irish relatives or friends it would be nice if they informed them of this event. We hope to fill the place and we expect the media to be there too.
For those not familiar with the Elvis statue http://www.disney.20fr.com/
Yes, Folks, Elvis Presley will be in the news again! The World's press will be here for a special Congress, and the World's media in general because of the Special Olympics.