Manchester City to unveil statues of Vincent Kompany and David Silva outside Etihad Stadium

Manchester City to unveil statues of Vincent Kompany and David Silva outside Etihad Stadium
Statues of Vincent Kompany and David Silva will be unveiled outside Manchester City’s Etihad Stadium on August 28. (MCFC)
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Updated 23 August 2021

Manchester City to unveil statues of Vincent Kompany and David Silva outside Etihad Stadium

Manchester City to unveil statues of Vincent Kompany and David Silva outside Etihad Stadium
  • The two creations by award-winning sculptor Andy Scott will be followed by a third of Sergio Aguero next year

Manchester City has announced that statues of club legends Vincent Kompany and David Silva are to be installed outside the Etihad Stadium ahead of this weekend’s Premier League match against Arsenal, with a tribute to the recently departed Sergio Aguero to follow in 2022.

The club revealed that award-winning sculptor Andy Scott was the artist who won the commission to create the permanent statues of the trio. The appointment followed an exhaustive selection process that began in March 2020.

“We are delighted with our choice of Andy to bring this project to life,” Manchester City’s Chairman Khaldoon Al-Mubarak said. “His portfolio speaks to his expertise, and his contemporary approach, together with his chosen medium of industrial materials, made him the perfect fit to create artwork for Manchester City.

“Ultimately, Vincent and David do not need statues to enshrine their achievements at Manchester City over the past decade,” he said. “They are already revered as icons of their generation. But what these artworks give us, and generations to come, is the opportunity to be reminded of, and savour, the truly magical moments created by both men.”

Born and raised in Glasgow and a graduate of the city’s School of Art, Scott is one of the most respected sculptors of his generation and is known for his large-scale figurative pieces, which he creates by blending traditional craftmanship with modern fabrication techniques. His portfolio of more than 80 contemporary projects can be found both in the UK and in many corners of the world.

Now creating from his studio in Philadelphia, US, Andy works frequently in galvanized steel and counts The Kelpies and Beacon of Hope among his celebrated works.

The Kompany and Silva projects have been conducted entirely remotely, from Scott’s securing the commission in June 2020 through to creation, completion and transportation of the pieces, which arrived on schedule in Manchester from Philadelphia in August 2021.

The legacy project was announced by Al-Mubarak following the departure in the summer of 2019 of Kompany, the club’s most successful captain in its 127-year history. The decision to honor the three players was based on their contribution to Manchester City’s transformation since Abu Dhabi’s takeover of the club. Al-Mubarak has since indicated that further work is being undertaken to ensure the legends of earlier eras are also celebrated.

“On hearing that I had secured the commission to bring Vincent, David and now Sergio to life in sculpture form, I was absolutely thrilled,” Scott said. “It’s an unbelievable honor to work on something that will be visited by hundreds of thousands of fans as they remember and celebrate the achievements of their footballing heroes.

“I have always been struck by how sportsmen and women move and perform, and in the case of football specifically, how they anticipate the ball, how they combine with their teammates, and sometimes simply how they stand,” he said. “Reflecting these elements was always going to be challenging, but it was particularly so during a global pandemic as we were only able to meet with Vincent and David virtually. But with their insights and extensive research of film and photographic footage, I have tried to capture their unique physical characteristics and their distinctive movements in a way which I hope does justice to both of these phenomenal footballers.”

“It’s been such a pleasure to work on this prestigious project and I can’t wait to finally get to meet the team in person as we set about the final installations at the Etihad Stadium this week,” he said.