Friday, December 12, 2014

Bill Hicks statue will be coming to Houston: Here’s a sneak peek

Over two years after initially announcing plans to fund the construction of a statue of Houston comedy legend, the organizers behind the project say that they are in the final casting stages.

Omar Afra with Free Press Houston announced an ambitious plan at Free Press Summer Fest in 2012 to commemorate the work of comedian Bill Hicks with a stone statue to be placed somewhere in the Houston area.

Hicks died in February 1994 after succumbing to pancreatic cancer at the age of 32. His comedy albums are now like biblical scripture for some comics.

His last public words, which he wanted released upon his death, were positively sublime, considering Hicks spent his comic career raging against everything, albeit with a twinkle in his eye.

“I left in love, in laughter, and in truth and wherever truth, love and laughter abide, I am there in spirit.”

Afra says that that the team he hired in Utah is currently in the final stages of the production of the cast. After the cast is approved by the collective of people spearheading the project, including members of the Hicks family, the bronze statue will be created. That could come by the middle of 2015.

The group came to a consensus on the Hicks pose used for the statue. If you look at the photo that Afra posted recently onto Instagram you may be able to narrow down which pose was used a reference point for the Hicks figure.


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