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Schwarzenegger statues: Ex-governor commissions bronzes

September 30, 2011 |  8:09 am

Arnold Schwarzenegger, at a recent event, has commissioned statues of himself
Arnold Schwarzenegger has commissioned as many as seven 8-foot-tall, 580-pound bronze statues of himself.

Schwarzenegger commissioned the sculptures -- at least one of which depicts him as extremely buff, in a bodybuilder pose -- from an Oregon company.

The New York Daily News reported on the statues, pointing to an account from Oregon's Wallowa County Chieftain newspaper, which carried the headline "Arnold Schwarzenegger Likes His Likeness."

According to the Oregon paper, Schwarzenegger earlier this month visited Wallowa's TW Bronze, where he gave the statues his thumbs-up.

The Chieftan said the castings had been fashioned 1 1/4 times larger than life.

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Tim Parks, the owner of TW Bronze, said Schwarzenegger was pleased, according to the Daily News, and told him:  "This is fantastic. This is fantastic."

In May, the Los Angeles Times broke the news of the former California governor having fathered a child with a longtime household staff member.

Amid the public outcry following that revelation, Schwarzenegger said he deserved "the feelings of anger and disappointment among my friends and family."

As for the man creating the statues for Schwarzenegger, Parks said, "None of that stuff means anything to me. That's his personal life. I don't think it's anybody's business."

Reportedly, one of the statues is headed to Schwarzenegger's childhood home, which is now a museum, in Austria.

Meanwhile, Schwarzenegger may be at work on a memoir.

The Times reported last week that Simon & Schuster will publish the book, with a working title of "Total Recall: My Unbelievably True Life Story." 

It will chronicle Schwarzenegger's rise from bodybuilder to movie star and politician.


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Photo: Former Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and Austrian Chancellor Werner Faymann, right, tour the Solar Energy Research Labs at CalTech on Sept. 23. Credit: Maury Phillips / Mercury LLC/Getty Images