PHILLY BOXING HISTORY                                             October 28, 2009 - News & Notes


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PHILADELPHIA (Oct. 28) - Artist Carl LeVotch took another step in his quest to create a statue of Joey Giardello when he recently revealed for the first time the full-sized figure on which his final bronze monument will be based. Although still a work in progress, the clay figure reveals the power and beauty that his work will eventually hold. With just a single look at the towering form, one immediately recognizes that this is no longer just a "boxing project", as it has been dubbed by so many.

Although the roots of this undertaking come from both a love of that sport and an affection and respect for a man who is one of Philadelphia's finest champions, the work being produced by LeVotch is emerging as a major piece of art that will clearly take the City of Brotherly Love by storm. The simple and graceful figure of Giardello sits atop a complex cartouche and base that not only tells the story of the man it depicts, but also offers commentary and history of the South Philadelphia neighborhood where it will reside.  With a nod to the classic sculpted works of the ages, the likes of which, up to now, could only be found locally inside the Philadelphia Museum of Art a few miles away, the Giardello statue is sure to become one of the city's major cultural attractions, as well as its latest and most popular tourist destination.

The talent and effort exhibited by LeVotch in bringing this work to life, is truly inspiring. What he has created is even bigger than the great Joey Giardello or the sport of boxing. Carl's work is one for the ages and is certain to become the pride of Philadelphia. It is not difficult to imagine the impact this bronze wonder will have on the local art community and the place it will eventually hold in the fabric of the city. Scheduled for installation in May of 2010, the Joey Giardello statue will fulfill all its promise, and become a true gift to Philadelphia and all those who come to see it. In the process, this piece will also serve its original purpose of honoring Giardello and the indelible legacy of Philly boxing history. 

There is still time for you to get involved. In fact, the project needs your support to help us make it to the finish line. Think about everything that this statue stands for and become a part of it all by making a donation. No amount is too small. However, the names of premiere donors ($500 - $1000) will be included on a permanent bronze plaque affixed to the monument base. Presenting sponsors receive recognition on individual historical panels also located, on the base.

Please explore our web site ( and consider becoming a part of this important endeavor. The project is a fully certified (501.c.3) non-profit effort, and all donations and sponsorships are tax deductible. For more information about the project, please visit the web site or call John DiSanto at 609-377-6413.

Donations can be sent to:  Boxing Statue, PO Box 428, Sewell, NJ, 08080.

Checks should be made payable to: "Harrowgate Boxing Club / Giardello Statue".

The full-sized statue in the studio at the VBA club.

The full-sized Giardello statue in the late afternoon sun.





John DiSanto - News & Notes - October 28, 2009