is a 1993 copper
statue by Blaine Gibson depicting Walt Disney
holding the hand of the most popular character he created, Mickey Mouse
. The statue is 6’ 5”, seven inches taller than Disney himself. It is the central point of attention as people walk past it to enter a few of the Disney parks
. Gibson took a year to sculpt this piece. He used a bust of Walt Disney, created in 1960, as his model for Disney’s half of the sculpture. Gibson, however, had to be a little more creative when sculpting Disney and Mickey’s conjoined hands. He referred to the 1940 film Fantasia
for an example of the popular mouse, who shook hands with the composer of the movie, Leopold Stokowski
There is speculation regarding Disney’s hand in the sculpture, which is raised outward. Many believe his arm is raised as if he is showing Mickey what has come of his dream. Gibson said, “I chose to depict Walt as he was in 1954. I think that was when Walt was in his prime. It was tough trying to match the media image of Walt Disney, the one the public knows, to the real Walt, the one we knew. I think Walt is admiring the park and saying to Mickey, ‘Look what we’ve accomplished together,’ because truly they were very much a team through it all. ‘Look at all the happy people who have come to visit us today.’” Read more...