Sunday, April 29, 2012

Rocky Balboa Statue and the Footsteps of a Movie Legend

Like the Imagine mosaic tribute to John Lennon in New York City's Central Park, or the steps of the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C., where Martin Luther King Jr. gave his I Have a Dream speech, visiting the statue and footsteps of the fictional movie legend Rocky Balboa is a uniquely Philadelphia experience.  And a hellava lot of fun!  

Champ One and Champ Two hold up your humble blogger's weary arms as I stand on the spot where Rocky finishes his morning run through the streets of Philadelphia, ending at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, in preparation for his shot at the title from Apollo Creed.  As it happens, I checked the the video on YouTube to make sure this was, indeed, the very spot.  It is!  How cool is that!?  (Check out the Rocky theme, Bill Conti's Gonna Fly Now for the legendary movie scene)

The Rocky footsteps (below), and the view of downtown Philadelphia.

Your humble blogger next to the Rocky statue in Philadelphia
Of course it is a cliche to get your picture taken next to the Rocky statue, but it's a fun cliche, and that's one reason we travel.  You will notice the left foot of the statue (I can't bring myself to call it a monument or memorial) is discolored, a testament to the number of people who have their picture taken here daily, touching and rubbing on the foot.   

To stand in line at the statue and understand each language you hear, one would have to be a polyglot, understanding French, Italian, Russian, German, Spanish as well as Oriental dialects (and many others); a tribute to this timeless movie and its theme of redemption and vindication in the face of overwhelming odds.  If you ever find yourself in Philadelphia, take a few minutes and stand among the foreigners who made the pilgrimage to this statue in one of America's great cities! 

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