Elvis Presley The KingElvis Presley Home

Elvis statue arrives at Louisiana Hayride site


By: Elvis Australia
Source: Elvis Australia
October 13, 2004
Elvis News

Email this page.

The bronze sculpture is 7 1/2 feet tall and weighs approximately 1,000 pounds.
The bronze sculpture is 7 1/2 feet tall and weighs approximately 1,000 pounds.
SHREVEPORT, La. A bigger-than-life bronze statue of Elvis Presley was unveiled today in front of the Municipal Auditorium where the king of rock 'n' roll performed before the Louisiana Hayride for the first time 50 years ago.

The 60-thousand dollar statue stands seven-and-a-half feet tall and weighs nearly one-thousand pounds.

The Downtown Development Authority funded 40-thousand dollars of the sculpture's total cost while the Elvis Angels, a fan group, raised 20-thousand dollars in private donations.

Saturday marks the 50th anniversary of Presley's Hayride debut on the Municipal Auditorium stage on October 16th, 1954.

The statue was created by Houston artist Erick Kaposta. Kaposta, a Shreveport native, said having a piece of his artwork in his home city "is a wonderful feeling."

The remaining $20,000 has been raised for the Shreveport Municipal Auditorium statue. The statue will either be unveiled the morning of October 15, 2004, between 7:00 a.m. and 9:00 a.m., or if CBS News will cover the story, Saturday, October 16, 2004.

Artist Eric Kaposta works on a statue of Elvis.
Artist Eric Kaposta works on a statue of Elvis.
Elvis Statue For Shreveport's Municipal Auditorium

October 16, 2004
 
The statue by Houston artist Eric Kaposta, formerly of Shreveport, is being timed to take its place in front of Municipal Auditorium for the 50th anniversary of Elvis' first career performance, Oct. 16, 1954, at the Louisiana Hayride.

Shreveport's Municipal Auditorium Downtown Development Authority committed $40,000 toward the $60,000 statue with the remaining funds being raised by the Elvis Angels fan club.
 

© Copyright 2018 by www.elvis.com.au & www.elvispresley.com.au

Published Link | https://www.elvis.com.au/presley/news/shreveport-elvis-statue2.shtml

No part of any article on this site may be re-printed for public display without permission.


-
Elvis Presley Video Tupelo's Own Elvis Presley DVD

Tupelo's Own Elvis Presley DVD Video with Sound.

Never before have we seen an Elvis Presley concert from the 1950's with sound. Until Now! The DVD Contains recently discovered unreleased film of Elvis performing 6 songs, including Heartbreak Hotel and Don't Be Cruel, live in Tupelo Mississippi 1956. Included we see a live performance of the elusive Long Tall Sally seen here for the first time ever. + Plus Bonus DVD Audio.

This is an excellent release no fan should be without it.

The 'parade' footage is good to see as it puts you in the right context with color and b&w footage. The interviews of Elvis' Parents are well worth hearing too. The afternoon show footage is wonderful and electrifying : Here is Elvis in his prime rocking and rolling in front of 11.000 people. Highly recommended.