The Spartan statue has been vandalized.
We had some Michigan-on-Michigan State crime this morning. A Spartans’ statue has been vandalized.
Michigan’s men’s basketball team upset Michigan State in East Lansing, Mich. last weekend. The Wolverines topped the Spartans, 82-72.
A Michigan fan (or a group of Michigan fans) have taken to Michigan State’s campus to remind the Spartans of what happened. They’ve spray-painted the Spartan statue.
First, some background on the Spartan statue. “Sparty.”
“The Spartan” statue, designed and produced by MSU assistant art professor Leonard D. Jungwirth, has a permanent home inside the atrium of the Spartan Stadium tower. The 9-foot-7 ceramic figure weighs approximately 6,600 pounds, including its base. In 2005, the sculpture was relocated to protect it from the elements.
“The Spartan” was dedicated on June 9, 1945, at the intersection of Red Cedar Road, Kalamazoo Street and Chestnut Road. Popularly known as “Sparty,” the statue remains one of the favorite photo subjects of campus visitors.
In 2005, an exact replica of the original terra cotta sculpture – now cast in bronze – took up residency on the plaza located at the north end of Demonstration Hall Field. The molds for the bronze statue were made from the original sculpture. The new statue was cast in bronze at the Artworks Foundry in Berkeley, Calif.
As part of MSU’s sesquicentennial celebration, the bronze “Sparty” was dedicated on Oct. 8, 2005. Donors contributed approximately $500,000 to pay for all work related to the new sculpture, including the plaza.
It’s not in great form today, though. Check it out:
Michigan Wolverine fans made a statement today on campus pic.twitter.com/sBV3hoPyER
— Hondo Carpenter (@HondoCarpenter) January 21, 2018
Too far, Wolverines. Too far.