In 1980, Sylvester Stallone contacted A. Thomas Schomberg at his Colorado studio to create the statue of ROCKY for the movie “ROCKY III”. burt-statue-header Sylvester Stallone had a very clear vision of what he wanted the statue of ROCKY to portray. ROCKY, the iconic hero, is poised with his arms over his head to represent the stage in his career when he is the victor. Except for several temporary placements at the Philadelphia Museum of Art during the filming of the “ROCKY” movies, the statue was installed at the Spectrum Sports Complex, which according to the movie, was the location of the boxing events. STEPS-burt-rocky-statue (Burt Young at the Rocky Statue…Pics courtesy of Silver Screen Artists) The ROCKY statue was finally returned to the Philadelphia Museum of Art in 2006 with the help and foresight of James (Jimmy) Binns and thousands of Philadelphians. This iconic statue now stands on a grassy knoll adjacent to the famous steps leading to the museum, where visitors from around the globe enjoy it today. In Jimmy’s words, “The statue signifies that anything is possible, so long as you keep persevering. It signifies personal victory, that’s what it stands up for…personal victory.” (