Bust of George Romero

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Monroeville, Pennsylvania

The centerpiece of George Romero's classic horror film, Dawn of the Dead, was a shopping mall infested with zombies who were -- Romero implied -- as brain-dead as they had been when they were alive. He filmed it in the Monroeville Mall in the winter of 1977-78. For decades afterward the Mall wanted nothing to do with its unexpected fame.

Romero died on July 17, 2017. It inspired Christian Stavrakis, whose brother played a zombie in several Romero films, to launch an online fundraising campaign to sculpt a bust of the cult film director. He was successful in raising the money, and this time the Mall was receptive. The bust was reverently placed atop a pedestal in one of the Mall's enclosed anchor store courts, and unveiled on June 8, 2018.

Bust of George Romero

Monroeville Mall

501 Mall Circle Drive, Monroeville, PA
Monroeville Mall. On the south side of US Hwy 22 around a mile west of the junction of I-76 and I-376. The bust is on a pedestal on the lower level, on the north side of the court outside Dick's Sporting Goods.
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