This statue was painted by artist Tom McLaughlin and was on display at The African American Museum in Philadelphia.
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Phanatic Statue Facts:
- Weight: 100 pounds.
- Height: Six feet tall (from bottom of base to top of statue).
- Contents: Statue is made of fiberglass. Base is made of aluminum.
- Each Phanatic statue stands on a base shaped like home plate.
Phanatic Statue Auction Details:
- 300 lbs. of sand included (optional), packaged in bags. Sand may be used to secure the base of the statue.
- Each statue will be retouched by its artist and restored to its original design as best as possible prior to distribution.
- Winners are responsible for pick up or shipment of their statue from Citizens Bank Park. Statues must be picked up or shipped on a mutually agreed upon date and time following the 2010 Phillies season but no later than November 30, 2010. The Phillies will not package statues for shipment.
ABOUT THE ARTIST: Tom has been a Phillies fan ever since he can remember, rooting for Johnny Callison, listening to radio broadcasts and taking church bus trips to Connie Mack Stadium. Though it was his father who took him to games, he attributes his mother as being the real Phillies fan. Eventually Tom grew up and attended West Chester University, where he received a Bachelor of Fine Arts with a concentration in graphic design and printmaking. He later went back to school to teach. After his first year of being certified, he married his wife, Missy, had two daughters, Shannon and Laurel, and later adopted a son, Chris.
Tom now enters his 20th year as a teacher, and is currently a math instructor at Radnor Middle School. He returned to his love of painting several years ago, seeking relaxation and a creative outlet.His inspiration for the Phanatic statue design came while on a school trip of the Philadelphia murals, where he was amazed to find a mural honoring the players of the Philadelphia Stars Negro League team.
"I hope this statue can bring honor to those men who played for the love of the game, years before Jackie Robinson helped pave the way for greater opportunities."
When not teaching or painting, Tom enjoys spending time with his family, working with his church's youth group, or just taking a walk with his wife.
To view more of his work, please visit http://mysite.verizon.net/vzepumiz/