Colossal Lemmy statue unveiled at Hellfest, France

A fitting tribute to the great man

Author: Scott ColothanPublished 1 day ago
Last updated 11 hours ago

A colossal statue of Motörhead legend Lemmy was unveiled at the weekend rock festival Hellfest in Clisson, France.

Created by French artist and sculptor Caroline Brisset, the visually striking statue is made of steel and concrete and it’s reportedly 15 meters high. The sculpture replaces the previous Lemmy statue at Hellfest that was erected six years ago.

Brisset was approached by Hellfest organizer Ben Barbaud last November to create the sculpture, and she told Ouest-France it was a no-brainer accepting the request.

“I said yes because it was a great project,” Brisset said. “And it was also quite a challenge to make such a big statue in such a short time.”

Former Motörhead drummer Mikkey Dee wrote on Facebook ahead of Scorpions’ headline set on Thursday 23rd June: “Great statue / monument of Lemmy being presented at Hellfest, France. I can’t wait to come back to one of my favorite festivals in Europe. See you all there on Thursday! ”

Check out photos of the Lemmy statue at Hellfest:

Lemmy statue at Hellfest

Caroline Brisset with the Lemmy statue

Lemmy statue at Hellfest

Caroline Brisset with the Lemmy statue

Lemmy statue at Hellfest

Lemmy statue at night

Attended by more than 60,000 people, Hellfest has been hit by an intense European heatwave over the opening weekend with temperatures hitting 38 ° C.

The event takes place over two consecutive weekends with Deftones, Ghost and Gojira headlining the opening weekend, and Scorpions, Nine Inch Nails, Guns N ‘Roses and Metallica topping the bill next week.

A statue of Lemmy was unveiled at Rainbow Bar & Grill in Los Angeles – the metal legend’s favorite drinking haunt – in August 2016.

Lemmy died on 28th December 2015 aged 70.

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Lemmy statue at Hellfest

A colossal statue of Motörhead legend Lemmy was unveiled at the French metal festival Hellfest in Clisson, France in June 2022. Created by French artist and sculptor Caroline Brisset (pictured), the impressive statue was created from steel and concrete, and it replaces the previous Lemmy statue at Hellfest that was erected six years ago.

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