Sculpture of the Silver Chief


11th Avenue, Altoona PA
(Between 13th and 14th Street)

The Silver Chief, a sculpture made from an actual piece of railroad track and a wheel from a railroad car. The figure at the top of the sculpture is a fiberglass casting of the artist himself, Rob Fisher.

The name Silver Chief refers to a famous steam engine that existed during the height of the railroad industry in Altoona. Local residents also refer to this statue as Flying Mercury because of the resemblance to the Roman god, Mercury.

Silver Chief is an example of an allegorical statue, a statue that is not in the likeness of an actual person, but a symbolic figure.