San Francisco is about to get a new statue, one in the image of singer Tony Bennett. The statue is currently being made by sculptor Bruce Wolfe. Bennett, who sings the song ‘I Left My Heart in San Francisco’ is a bit of an icon in the city. Wolfe captured him for the statue in person. Bennett traveled to Wolfe’s studio to pose for the sculpture. A sitting that was only supposed to happen one day, he actually came for several days in a row to make it happen, wearing the same suit each day in order to keep the image uniform.
Wolfe says that he needed the three days in order to get the statue just right, something they were both interested in happening. No one wants to be commemorated in statue form forever with something that isn’t perfect, right?
The statue is San Francisco’s birthday gift to the singer. He turns 90 on Friday, August 19th. As a gift, the city will be unveiling the statue on the lawn at the Fairmont Hotel. The Fairmont is located in San Francisco’s Nob Hill neighborhood. It was at that hotel that Bennett made his San Francisco debut, a performance that happened in 1954. The unveiling will happen at noon, early enough to ensure that Bennett can make it to his next big engagement: the SF Giants game.
Bennett’s sold ‘I Left My Heart in San Francisco’ has become a staple at the games, played each night as the fans start to file out of the bleachers. On Friday, Bennett himself will be performing the tune, a move that no doubt will keep fans in the stands a little longer.
Saturday, the iconic singer will stay in town and perform at a charity event for Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital. The event, which will be held at the Fairmont, the new home of his statue, will raise money for a new charity entitled the Tony Bennett Fund for Emergency Pediatric Care. Tickets to that event are quite expensive, with the cheapest seats in the house selling for $1,000.