'Bobby' sculpture to boost Foundation

To celebrate the 50th anniversary of England’s World Cup victory at Wembley in July 1966, a three foot figurative commemorative bronze sculpture has been created in honour of the late, great Bobby Moore OBE.

Commissioned by the West Ham United legend’s daughter Roberta, ‘Bobby’ is a three foot figurative commemorative bronze sculpture created by renowned British sculptor Georgiana Anstruther, and will go on display at Wembley Stadium as part of The FA’s 1966 Exhibition in association with the National Football Museum.

The striking artwork was borne of Roberta’s desire to create a personal tribute in recognition of her late father’s achievement in this special anniversary year and what better place than Wembley, his spiritual home.

“I wanted to mark the occasion with a beautiful, significant piece of art that captures my father’s elegance and the grace that he emanated both on and off the pitch,” said Roberta. “Having worked with Georgiana and seen first-hand her enormous talent and exquisite work, I knew that together we would achieve something of which he and I would both be proud.”
The three foot naturalistic bronze sculpture will be available as a limited edition of 6 – the number her father famously wore – each priced at £19,660.00, plus VAT, with profits in aid of the Moore Family Foundation, the charity set up by West Ham United in Bobby's memory, in association with Roberta and the Moore family.

Launched in February 2015, the Foundation is the Club’s principal charity and will provide life-changing opportunities for nearly 20,000 Year 6 students across east London and Essex over an initial three-year period, assisting youngsters with literacy and numeracy and giving them the chance to experience a Hammers matchday for themselves.

The creation of ‘Bobby’ is one of host of ways in which West Ham and England’s finest-ever defender and captain is being honoured at the Club’s new home on Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park.

The London Stadium’s South Stand will be formally renamed, while the Barking-born legend also takes centre-stage in Champions Place, Club London and in the London Stadium concourse by means of a giant Claret and Blue No6 shirt.
Sculptor Georgiana Anstruther spoke of her delight at being asked to create ‘Bobby’ – a sculpture which will make a real difference to the lives of young people in the area where he himself was born and raised.

“It was a great honour to be asked by Roberta to create such an important and meaningful piece,” she confirmed. “Through talking with Roberta and my own research I feel I have come to know and understand the essence of this extraordinary man, not only his achievements as a sporting hero but also his natural grace and obvious kindness and intelligence both on and off the pitch.

“What is important to me as a sculptor is to create something that interrupts the space it is held within, Bobby Moore in action on the pitch is a perfect, dynamic subject and I hope to capture his spirit through this sculpture.”

For more information, please email [email protected] or visit the Roberta Moore Contemporary website.