Welcome to the Official Noel Neill Statue website!
In 2005, The Metropolis Chamber of Commerce, Metropolis Illinois, the Home of Superman, announced the formation of "The Noel Neill Statue Committee".
The committee's sole purpose was to spearhead and oversee the construction of a life-size bronze statue of Noel Neill as "Lois Lane" to be placed in Metropolis, Illinois.
The idea was to acknowledge Noel's contributions to the Superman Celebration as the "First Lady of Metropolis" and her portrayal of Lois Lane in the Serials and the TV series of the 1950s, "The Adventures of Superman" with an honorable and permanent gesture of love from the citizens of Metropolis and from her countless fans around the world.
Pictures of the 2 foot size scale model of the winning sculpture were unveiled at the 2008 Superman Celebration in June 2008.
Revenue from commemorative bricks and plaques helped pay for the sculpting and the placement of the six foot, bronze statue which is located a few blocks from the world famous 15-foot-tall Superman statue.
A groundbreaking ceremony for statue took place on Saturday, June 13, 2009 during the 2009 Superman Celebration in Metropolis, Illinois.
The unveiling ceremony took place at 10am on Friday, June 11, 2010 at the corner of Eighth and Market streets. Neill traveled from California for the special honor, and met the artist who sculpted her likeness, Gary Ernest Smith. Smith, and Kevin Maag, from Metal Art Foundry, made the journey from Utah for the ceremony. Mayor Billy McDaniel and other local officials also took part in the ceremony.
An article by the Paducah Sun indicates that the sculpted image of actress Noel Neill in her fictional role of Superman romantic interest Lois Lane is having a very real effect on tourism in Metropolis, IL. "At the height of the summer tourism season, before kids were back in school, we were getting anywhere from 25 to 40 people a day in here asking where the Lois Lane statue is," said Super Museum curator Jim Hambrick. Read the complete article here.
The statue was officially unveiled on Friday, June 11, 2010 and contains a base with over 300 engraved bricks. Read more here.