This commissioned bronze sculpture monument that sits outside the Alabama Sport Hall was completed by my father, Mark Hopkins, around 1997. I helped sculpt it, which consisted mostly of spearing and smoothing clay, but I also became a huge part of it. I was used as the model for the kneeling football player between Bear Bryant and Shug Jordan, two of the states famous coaches. Does he look like me? Yes. Is it a portrait? No. There are facial features, the build, and other elements that are distinctly "Eli" according to my dad. Being immortalized in a bronze monument isn't something everyone can check off their bucket list. It wasn't actually on mine, but it's checked now either way.
A bronze monument of me?
8/10/2013 01:02:49 am
I can see it very much. But as you say, it isn't exactly you, but I can see you in it. Very neat thing to say about yourself.
11/10/2019 08:53:32 am
That looks like the Eli I remember. Love your art amigo.
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