'Cradle of Champions' sculpture erected in Fort Worth's Sundance Square
It stands 16 feet tall and weighs between 6 and 7 tons,Texas-sized by anyone's standards. In fact, it is a sculpture made predominately of recycled steel from the Cowboys former home Texas Stadium and is in the shape of Texas, with a three-dimensional football emerging from the center of the state and an oil rig at the base.The sculpture is called the Cradle of Champions and it was made by Gerdau Ameristeel for Super Bowl XLV.
And on Tuesday morning, crews began assembling the structure in the Chisholm Trail parking lot in downtown Fort Worth's Sundance Square, where it will be situated not far from the main stage where ESPN will originate TV broadcasts during Super Bowl week.
Gerdau, a steel mill company and recyclers based in Tampa, with facilities in North Texas, has donated the sculpture to Fort Worth in conjunction with the Super Bowl to celebrate high school football in the state. In addition to the recycled steel from Texas Stadium, more than 1,400 high schools in the state were asked to donate steel scraps from a structure on campus to be melded with the recycled steel from the demolished stadium.
This is the third sculpture Gerdau has made for the Super Bowl: It created a Super Bowl ring sculpture for the 2009 game in Tampa and the Champions Arch for the 2010 Super Bowl in South Florida. The sculpture will have a permanent home in Fort Worth after the Super Bowl, at a site yet to be determined. It will be lighted with names of high school players engraved on the back.
The official unveiling will be Friday morning with Mayor Mike Moncrief presiding. "We look forward to rockin' the cradle during the Super Bowl," Moncrief said when the news was first announced in September.