"It became clear to me that someone had put a lot of love into this, for a man I loved so very much," Niemi said of the statue, which she thought captured her late husband's "confident but mischievous look."
Niemi especially liked the way Swayze was posed, balancing on the famous 'Dirty Dancing' log. "Come and be fearless with me," she said of what her late husband might be thinking. "Go out there on a limb. Just trust. Don't look down. Take a chance in whatever you do."
Kenny Ortega, who is directing the remake of 'Dirty Dancing' was also present at the unveiling.
Check out a gallery of stills from the event below.
[Photo: Getty Images]
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