“Le Magnifique,” a spectacular statue honoring the career and achievements of Mario Lemieux, will be unveiled on Wednesday, March 7 at CONSOL Energy Center, the team announced.
The unveiling will take place at 12 noon in a ceremony open to the public. The statue will be located in the plaza just outside the Trib Total Media Gate at CONSOL Energy Center, near the intersection of Centre Avenue and Washington Place.
The statue was created by nationally-acclaimed bronze sculptor Bruce Wolfe (www.brucewolfe.com
). James Frederick of James Gallery in Pittsburgh’s West End Village was the art consultant on the project.
“Mario Lemieux is a unique figure in the history of Pittsburgh – a Hall of Fame athlete who went on to buy the Penguins and become the first player-owner of the modern era, and also a community-minded citizen who continues to raise millions of dollars for cancer research and neonatal research,” said David Morehouse, CEO and President of the Penguins. “This statue will be an everlasting tribute to his legacy.”
The statue was funded privately by the Penguins’ ownership group, local labor organizations and members of the Pittsburgh business community.
The Penguins host the Toronto Maple Leafs that night at 7:30 p.m. at CONSOL Energy Center. The game will be televised nationally by NBC Sports Network and in Canada by TSN.