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Patch Portrait: Israeli Sculptor Captures Sports Icons

This week's Patch Portraits also features Evanston's burger guru and Des Plaines' defendant against domestic violence.

This week's Patch Portraits was produced and edited by Lisa Cisernos, Philip Downie,  Jacob Nelson and Allison Williams. Check back on Mondays for the next installment.

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When Omri Amrany isn't sculpting what he refers to as the "sculpting montage," lifelike figures that include natural elements with surreal results, he's sculpting sports tributes. 

The Israeli-born artist has been commissioned to sculpt tribute busts of Michael Jordan at United Center, Harry Caray at Wrigley Field and Jackie Chan in Hong Kong. Most recently, he did a bronze bust of Scottie Pippen, which was unveiled on April 7 at the United Center.

"When you combine several dimensions together through the three-dimensional technique of sculpting, it creates something else completely," Armrany said. 

The artist spoke with Patch about assembling both kinds of work and why he has such a fondness for maple leaves.

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