TRIBUTE TO MICKEY MOUSE’S 90TH ANNIVERSARY
Bianco Carrara marble
104 in. / 265 cm. high
“I only hope that we never lose sight of one thing—that it was all started by a mouse.”
The iconic Mickey Mouse turns 90! To celebrate this milestone, Gualtiero Vanelli, known as “The Marbleman” for his exquisite sculptures carved from Bianco Carrara marble, has immortalized Mickey in stone. Standing at over eight feet high, Welcome is a fitting tribute to the mouse that started it all for the Walt Disney Company. Capturing the joyous essence of the famous cartoon mouse, the sculpture features Mickey holding a little red fish in his hand.
Mickey wasn’t Walt Disney’s first character, but he certainly became his most recognized and beloved. Many, including Disney himself, would say that Mickey launched the Walt Disney Company as it is known today. Prior to Mickey, Disney had achieved mild success with a few other characters, but none garnished him the fame and credibility as his early Mickey Mouse cartoons. If there were never a Mickey, there would never have been a Snow White, Cinderella, or Sleeping Beauty.
Courtesy of Gualtiero Vanelli and Marbleman 7S Srl
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