The Pinetar Rag

April 30, 2013

Artist Birrer – Jackie Robinson Statue at Yogi Berra Museum – talk: Sun May 19, 1pm

Press Release:

Sun May 19, 2013, 1 pm


Yogi Berra Museum
On the campus of Montclair State University
8 Yogi Berra Drive – Little Falls, NJ 07424

Background information:

A one-of-a-kind, life-sized, solid-wood, hand-carved and painted statue of Jackie Robison will be on public display at the Yogi Berra Museum, Sunday, May 19, 2013, on the campus of Montclair State University in Little Falls, NJ.

Sculptor Brian Birrer will be on hand and will speak at 1pm about the Robinson statue, his art technique and his various experiences showing these unique, hand crafted statues in some of the most famous sports venues in the country.

The statue, weighing over 250 lbs and standing 6′ above the base is lifelike in all details. It took over 900 hours of painstaking labor for sculptor Brian Birrer to transform over 50 pieces of Walnut, Pine and Basswood into a figure so realistic that many stand only inches from it without realizing that the clothing, shoes, hat, etc. is made entirely of wood!

The sculptor of the statue, Brian Birrer, is an accountant & computer programmer by trade and education and is a completely self-taught artist who works in acrylics on canvas in addition to his wooden sculptures. He has been carving life-sized statues for over 20 years. Some of his past works include statues of Babe Ruth, Mickey Mantle and Joe DiMaggio. He has displayed his works at such venues as Yankee Stadium, Citizens Bank Park, Nationals Park, Turner Field, Hofstra University, Nabisco Galleries and the Gaylord National Hotel & Resort in Washington, DC.


  1. Fog,

    We had a great time today and my older boy couldn’t stop talking about the “Jackie statue” all day. Such a well-done presentation. Thanks for the invite.

    Comment by jwalkerlive — May 19, 2013 @ 9:50 pm | Reply

    • Wow, thanks. That’s nice to hear and I hope it was fun for everyone. It’s a nice museum. I wish your dad could have come down but really, thanks a lot for taking the time out to come, I really appreciate it.

      Comment by mcgonnigle — May 21, 2013 @ 6:30 am | Reply

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