Contactmusic.com reports that Schwarzenegger ordered three of the eight-foot (2.4-metre) tall replicas, which show the star posing in his bodybuilding days, based on a 22-inch (56-centimetre) sculpture created by Idaho artist Ralph Crawford in 1980.
The first statue has been completed and Schwarzenegger was photographed inspecting the piece at the TW Bronze gallery in Wallowa County, Oregon earlier this month. The first statue has been shipped to Schwarzenegger’s childhood home in Thal, Austria, where a museum there is dedicated to his life and career.
“His exact words were, ‘This is fantastic,’ and he said it about four times,” said Tim Park, TW Bronze owner-artisan.
A second piece, which is expected to be complete by the end of the month, is reportedly going to be sent to Columbus, Ohio, where the Arnold Classic professional bodybuilding competition is held every year.
While, Schwarzenegger will reportedly keep the third statue for himself.