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KU football players hope to find some luck with newly installed bronze Jayhawk

A new bronze sculpture Jayhawk landed outside the east side of the Anderson Family Football Complex, on Thursday, Sept. 1, 2011. The sculpture will begin a tradition for the football players to touch the Hawk's beak for luck when exiting the locker-room during games.

September 1, 2011

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A new bronze Jayhawk sculpture landed outside the east side of the Anderson Family Football Complex on Thursday, Sept. 1, 2011. The sculpture will begin a tradition for the football players to touch the Hawk's beak for luck when exiting the locker-room during games. Setting the sculpture in place from left is Eric Epperson, with Fullbright Sign, Lawrence, John Free, of The Bronze Horse, Pawhuska, Okla., the sculptor, and his wife Cindy Free.

A new bronze Jayhawk sculpture landed outside the east side of the Anderson Family Football Complex on Thursday, Sept. 1, 2011. The sculpture will begin a tradition for the football players to touch the Hawk's beak for luck when exiting the locker-room during games. Setting the sculpture in place from left is Eric Epperson, with Fullbright Sign, Lawrence, John Free, of The Bronze Horse, Pawhuska, Okla., the sculptor, and his wife Cindy Free.

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A new bronze Jayhawk statue found its perch Thursday just outside the Anderson Family Football Complex facing the south side of Memorial Stadium.

Athletics officials hope the Jayhawk will create new traditions — football players will rub it for luck before each home football game, similar to other statues in places like the University of Maryland.

The statue stands about 4 feet high and 4 feet wide, said D.W. Acker, a graphic designer for Kansas Athletics, who helped design the statue in two dimensions before collaborating with bronze sculptor John Free, of Pawhuska, Okla., on the final product.

“We wanted it to look exactly like the Sandy Jayhawk,” said Chris Howard, a KU associate athletics director, referring to Hal Sandy’s famous Jayhawk logo design.

That was not as easy as it might seem, Acker said, standing nearby as crews installed the statue, which cost $48,000 to construct, paid for by Kansas Athletics Inc.

“That was a real challenge, to take a flat image and make a 3-D image out of it,” he said.

Free said he made several trips to Lawrence from Oklahoma to consult with athletics officials. Free, an Oklahoma State alumnus, wasn’t intimately familiar with the Jayhawk logo, so he worked closely with Acker to modify the design throughout the process.

Even though the logo is flipped occasionally, there’s a back side of the Jayhawk that’s never visible, Acker said. A wing, for example, is always covering part of the boot that’s on the ground, he said. Acker said he enjoyed getting to use his imagination to envision what that might look like. Every feather, he said, has a reason for being placed where it is.

“Everybody in the world has seen the Jayhawk from this angle,” he said, looking at the statue in profile. “You’ve never seen the other side of that Jayhawk.”

Acker said he hoped that fans, players and all manner of Jayhawks would be able to enjoy the statue, which is situated so it’s easy to grab a photo with the Campanile or Fraser Hall in the background.

“I’m always glad to be a part of something that people are going to see and enjoy,” Free said.

Comments

konzahawk 3 years ago

White Owl is the lucky charm that this team needs.

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BruceWayne 3 years ago

Unless that bird can pick up Gill and fly him back to Buffalo it was a waste of money.

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Write2Know 3 years ago

Only four feet tall. That seems kind of small. It would be much more impressive if it were 40 feet tall.

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senegal66025 3 years ago

They better put a guard on that thing because if its really bronze its worth a lot of money.

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bd 3 years ago

amazing that we had to go out of state to get this made????

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beatrice 3 years ago

The patina will soon be rubbed off and the sculpture will get shiny, just like this statue at John Hopkins University: http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Johns_Hopkins_Monument,Johns_Hopkins_University,_Baltimore,_MD-_woman.jpg

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Ewok79 3 years ago

Well we'd better play all of our Mizzo games there in Missouri. Because the meth head's from Missouri will come steal it, cut it up & scrap it out.

http://www.kmbc.com/news/29059239/detail.html

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Newell_Post 3 years ago

...except it looks like a pterodactyl.....

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Kontum1972 3 years ago

guess KU fired Eldon Tefft...and hired this punk....

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Russell Fryberger 3 years ago

Too bad it wasn't made as a traditional Jayhawk. The beak is wrong for those that don't know any better. See the History in the Jayhawk display outside of the KU Bookstore in the Memorial Union.

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bigt 3 years ago

As a season ticket holder for the past 6 years to bad it can't coach or call plays. Cause it was just another waste of money. PS I did not renew this year and will not till they show me they can at least compete on the field.

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