Henson wall sculpture unveiled at television's hall of fame
joins television icons such as Johnny Carson and Lucille Ball in
the Academy's hall of fame plaza
of the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences
Henson, the creator behind television's most memorable puppets including
"The Muppets," "The Fraggles" and the residents
of Sesame Street, was honored today at the Academy of Television
Arts & Sciences with the unveiling of a Hall of Fame wall sculpture
and commemorative "Jim Henson: The Man
Behind the Muppets" postal stamp series.
Committee chair Phil Wayne, Hall of Fame sculptor Dick Stiles,
Lisa Henson, Co-CEO of the Jim Henson Co. and Television Academy
chair Dick Askin unveil the 1200-pound sculpture commemorating
Jim Henson's induction into the Television Academy's Hall of
Emmy winner Henson, who was inducted into the Television Academy's
Hall of Fame in 1987, is now immortalized on the academy's Hall
of Fame Plaza in a bronze wall sculpture. The piece stands more
than seven feet high, spans six feet wide and weighs 1200 pounds.
Plaza consists of a number representations of inductees—bronze
sculptures, bas-reliefs and wall sculptures—such as television
icons Johnny Carson and Lucille Ball. The centerpiece of the Plaza
is 27-foot, 1,750 pound replica of the Emmy Award statue, which rests
on a triple tiered water fountain.
Academy chairman Dick Askin, Hall of Fame sculptor Dick Stiles,
Sculpture Committee chair Phil Wayne and Henson's daughter Lisa
Henson, Co-CEO of the Jim Henson Company, all took part in today's
sculpture dedication ceremony.
Henson is surrounded by Kermit, Big Bird, Miss Piggy, Gonzo, Oscar
in his trash can and Rowlf playing piano.
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