Film critic Roger Ebert might be gone, but his fame lives on in a life-sized bronze statue of him.

The statue was unveiled Thursday at the 16th annual Ebertfest outside the Virginia Theatre in Champaign, Ill., next to the film critic's hometown of Urbana, Ill., according to a Chicago Sun-Times blog post.

"(It) depicts him seated in a plush movie-theater chair — while giving his trademark thumbs-up sign — ... (and) includes empty seats where spectators may sit on either side of the critic," the story explains.

Read more and see photos of the statue here.

 

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