Elvis Becoming and Elvis at 13

Submitted by Michiel VanderSommen

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Client: Elvis Presley Memorial Foundation

Location: Tupelo, MS, United States

Completion date: 2015

Artwork budget: $200,000

Project Team

Artist

Michiel VanderSommen

VanderSommen studio

Client

Dick Guyton

Elvis Presley Memorial Foundation

Overview

“Elvis at 13” depicts Elvis Presley leaving Tupelo, MS for Memphis, TN. Elvis “Becoming,” is Elvis as an eleven your old boy, dreaming about his future which is depicted behind him in the Elvis’ classic pose.

Goals

In 2000 and again in 2013 I was asked by the Elvis Presley Memorial Foundation to create bronze statues of Elvis Presley at several ages, to be displayed at the grounds of Elvis Presley’s Birthplace in Tupelo, MS.

Process

The “concept” was discussed and several designs were discussed with the committee before settled was on this design.