Archive for Thursday, August 23, 2001

Baker Wildcat statue to be added

August 23, 2001

A unique wildcat statue by well-known Lawrence artist Eldon Tefft will be unveiled later this month on the south side of Harter Union.

The 4-foot bronze statue will be presented on Traditions Night Aug. 26 after the all-school picnic. It will be set on a 4-foot base in the Eisel Courtyard. The statue was commissioned by Baker University two years ago, thanks to a donation by Board of Trustees member Susan Perry.

"It has impact and says a little something about the community we are and the community we hope to be," said Baker President Daniel Lambert. "It reflects the less serious side of campus life."

Lambert described the statue as "playful, unique and representative of the campus spirit."

"I think some will love it and some will be uncertain about how to respond to it, but I think it will become an important part of campus," Lambert said.

Another of Tefft's statues, "The Prairie Spirit," resides in the center of Baker's campus. Tefft has also completed work for the University of Kansas in Lawrence. A familiar Tefft piece is the metal sculpture of oxen and a covered wagon that decorates the Kansas Transportation Center at 119th Street and Interstate 35 in Olathe.

Lambert said art is an important aspect of the campus that he hopes the University can build on every few years.

"We continue to look for other pieces of art to contribute to campus life," he said.

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