Sculpture of Rambo

Field review by the editors.

Hope, British Columbia

The sculpture is equal parts creepy and lifelike, just like the character played by Sylvester Stallone in the Rambo movies.

Hope served as the film location for a fictional American town ruled by a terrible sheriff and his violent deputies and posse, a town largely (and rightfully) destroyed by Vietnam vet John Rambo in 1982's First Blood, the kickoff of five films in the Rambo franchise.

Chainsaw artist Ryan Villiers carved Rambo from a log of Western Red Cedar, then stained and varnished him in several colors to add to the realism.

Stallone personally approved the sculpture after it was unveiled in Hope on August 14, 2020. The statue, at 5' 9" approximating the suspected height of the living actor without shoe lifts, depicts the iconic shirtless action figure. His muscled chest is crossed with a bandolier of large caliber bullets. He wears combat boots, a headband, and a thousand-yard-stare, and carries a huge M60 machine gun. His custom-made survival knife, said to have single-handedly revived the cutlery industry in the 1980s-'90s, is absent (or not visible in views of the sculpture we've seen so far...).

Sculpture of Rambo

Address:
341 Wallace St., Hope, BC, Canada
Directions:
Downtown. The statue is on the north side of Wallace St. midway between 3 and 4 Aves, across from the Gift Shoppe and Fudgery.
Hours:
In storage late Oct. to early April. Local health policies may affect hours and access.
RA Rates:
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