That’s a lot of Gal power.
A statue of “Wonder Woman” movie star Gal Gadot, measuring more than two meters tall, clad in armor and wielding a shield and sword, is on display at Bow Valley College Center for Entertainment Arts in Calgary.
Everyone loves Wonder Woman,” said Alison Anderson, dean of business, technology and the Center for Entertainment Arts.
She said the center asked her what statue the college would like as a gift, and she joked that it should be Wonder Woman. Shen then realized that it was a perfect choice.
“It really shows what the university is about and what our Entertainment Arts Center is trying to do, which is create a really inclusive space for creative teamwork and make sure that all everyone really feels welcome,” she said.
Anderson said more women than men were enrolled in the university’s game development program, so empowering women seemed appropriate.
The statue showed just the right amount of “ferocity and determination,” she said.
Luisa Echeverry, 20, a visual effects student, is a fan of the statue and the superhero genre.
“I really like. It’s pretty cool, especially what it means with all the girl power and everything,” said the Colombian international student.
“Wonder Woman has always been in my life. It especially reminds me of my mother. She used to say that she was Wonder Woman, and it’s pretty cool to have her here.
Echeverry said she sent a photo to her mother Lina, back home.
“She was like, ‘Oh my God. It’s me.”
It took two years for the 74-kilogram polyurethane fibergla*s statue to arrive from China due to supply chain issues. Anderson said it was shipped by boat to the United States and trucked to Calgary.
The statue is expected to be presented during an open house at the college on October 21, named Wonder Woman Day to honor the character created in 1941.
Gadot is not expected to attend.
“Our communications team will send him a little message: “Hey, come see”. We’re going to tease her a lot with this statue and hope that maybe one day she’ll come,” Anderson said.
This report by The Canadian Press was first published September 13, 2023.
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