Rocky

Sara Ziegler

Located in Philadelphia off Kelly Drive, about 30 yards north of the Art Museum Steps, the Rocky statue is a replica of Rocky Balboa, the main character in the Rocky film series, starring and produced by Sylvester Stallone.

Even though I have personally never seen the movies, I have always known of the famous scene when Rocky finishes his run up the Art Museum stairs, pumping his fists and dancing in victory. I have seen countless tourists imitate this scene and take pictures with the statue, so I was surprised to find out that the statue’s Art Museum location is very controversial, and the statue has been moved a significant number of times.

By further investigating the issue, I learned of the debate between the statue’s avid supporters and art critics who dismissed it as a kitsch movie prop with no business near a respectable museum.

 

About urba0090

is an ACLS New Faculty Fellow in the American Studies and History departments at Rutgers University.
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