MSU to get bronze monument of Sparty mascot
East Lansing — Michigan State University’s Sparty mascot is getting a bronze monument on campus this year.
Tami Kuhn, MSU Union manager, told the Lansing State Journal that the statue will be perched on a bench with his muscular arms extended out. The statue will be at the MSU Union along with a display highlighting the evolution of the East Lansing school’s mascot.
The new installation also will include a full list of donors who contributed toward the $150,000 project as well as an explanation of Oregon-based sculptor Alison Brown’s design process. A visit to Ohio State University’s student union eight years ago inspired the idea, Kuhn said.
“We saw a monument to Brutus, Ohio State University’s mascot when we toured their … union and thought we could do the exact same thing for Sparty,” Kuhn said.
The MSU Senior Class Council picked the Bronze Sparty Statue Fund as its senior class gift, an annual fundraiser for special campus projects.
Money will go toward the statue and accompanying displays as well as maintenance. A small portion will also be awarded to the Sparty Mascot program, Kuhn said.
Michigan State officials reached out to Brown last year after selecting her from among a cluster of half a dozen proposals, Kuhn said. Brown said Sparty will have room on either side for people to pose with him. He’ll be cast in bronze and adorned with the school’s green and white colors.
“Work ethic was something everyone talked about and it was a core value that I am inspired by as well,” the Oregon University graduate said.
Another statue known as “Sparty” is a popular campus photo spot. That statue is located outdoors, within view of Spartan Stadium.