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Jim Henson wall sculpture unveiled at television's hall of fame

Henson joins television icons such as Johnny Carson and Lucille Ball in the Academy's hall of fame plaza

Courtesy of the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences
September 28, 2005

Jim 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.

Sculpture 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 Fame.

Three-time 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.

The 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.

Television 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.

Jim Henson is surrounded by Kermit, Big Bird, Miss Piggy, Gonzo, Oscar in his trash can and Rowlf playing piano.

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