A KU professor and his students will leave a part of themselves on campus that will last for hundreds of years.
The legacy Ken Snyder and seven students will leave at Kansas University goes way beyond a name in a yearbook or scholarship list.
It's a monument that will testify to the centennial of a landmark, as well as to their sweat, sore backs and heat exhaustion.
"It's nice to be able to leave a part of yourself on campus," said Snyder, who graduated in May.
He and some current students are making an 8-by-3-foot, silicon bronze alloy sculpture that will be placed in front of Spooner Hall this fall for the building's 100th anniversary.
"It's nice because I can bring my kids and say, `I helped fabricate this,'" he said.
The abstract sculpture, titled "Water Carrier," will weigh an estimated 1,500 pounds.
The artist is Craig Goseyun, an Apache from Santa Fe, N.M., who was commissioned by officials at the KU Museum of Anthropology, located in Spooner.
Goseyun is a past winner of awards at the Lawrence Indian Arts Show and a former Haskell Indian Nations University student, said Maria Martin, public relations coordinator for the museum.
Total cost of the project is about $34,000, which was raised through donations to the museum during the last several months, Martin said.
Organizers tentatively have set Oct. 9 as the date for the Spooner Hall centennial celebration and hope to have the sculpture formally unveiled by then.
The sculpture is being made in the KU foundry -- located in the Art and Design Building -- by the students and Doug Warnock, assistant professor of art. Warnock teaches foundry, or metal casting, classes.
It is the first KU sculpture being made here since the statue of Moses, located in front of Smith Hall, was installed in 1982.
Work began in May and should be completed by the end of the summer. The project includes welding together more than 20 pieces of cast, silicon bronze.
"The students have really been a big part of this," Warnock said. "This whole effort has really been a team. It hasn't been top-heavy from me."
Some students are receiving independent study credit hours for working on the project. Most of the students, however, are being paid for their toils, which includes firing molds in a kiln and melting metal -- all done in a building with no air conditioning.
Nevertheless, the work is worthwhile, the students say.
"I always wanted to do something that I could leave on campus," said KU senior and participant Cyrus Taleshi.