Henson, Muppets Honored with Statue, Stamps

Muppets creator Jim Henson was posthumously honored Thursday by the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences with a Hall of Fame wall sculpture. The ceremony also featured the unveiling of the new commemorative ‘Jim Henson: The Man Behind the Muppets’ postal stamp series.

A three-time Emmy winner, Henson was inducted into the Television Academy’s Hall of Fame in 1987, but now his legacy is represented in the Hall of Fame Plaza by a bronze wall sculpture that stands more than seven feet high and weighs 1200 pounds. The centerpiece of the Plaza is 27-foot, 1,750 pound replica of the Emmy Award statue, which rests on a triple tiered water fountain.

In addition to giving us Kermit, Miss Piggy, Gonzo and the rest of the Muppets gang, Henson created The Fraggles and many of the residents of Sesame Street. His world-famous creature shop has also created memorable characters and creatures for such films as The Dark Crystal, Labyrinth and Babe, as well as the SCI FI Channel series Farscape, which was produced by the Jim Henson Co. The Muppets property was sold the the Walt Disney Co. in April of 2004.

Today’s sculpture dedication ceremony was attended by Television Academy chairman Dick Askin, Hall of Fame sculptor Dick Stiles, Sculpture Committee chair Phil Wayne and Henson’s daughter, Lisa Henson, who serves as co-CEO of the Jim Henson Co. with brother Brian Henson.

The Henson siblings then joined U.S.Postal Service chief marketing officer and exec VP Anita Bizzotto in dedicating the stamp series in the Leonard H. Goldenson Theater. Kermit the Frog and Miss Piggy were also on hand to see the unveiling of the 11-stamp sheet, which features the likenesses of themselves, Sam the Eagle, Statler and Waldorf, Animal, Rowlf the Dog, Fozzie Bear, The Swedish Chef, Dr. Bunsen Honeydew, Beaker, the Great Gonzo and Camilla the Chicken. The stamps will be available nationwide tomorrow.