Montana State University

Bobcat sculpture and plaza unveiled

October 8, 2009 -- MSU News Service


MSU's new Alumni Plaza and "Spirit," a large bronze bobcat sculpture, will be dedicated in a ceremony at 2 p.m. Friday, Oct. 9. A reception will follow in Leigh Lounge. Everyone is invited to attend. (MSU photo by Megan Walthall.)    High-Res Available

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A new outdoor gathering space on the Montana State University campus will be unveiled over Homecoming weekend.

MSU's new Alumni Plaza and "Spirit," a large bronze bobcat sculpture, will be dedicated in a ceremony at 2 p.m. Friday, Oct. 9. A reception will follow in Leigh Lounge. Everyone is invited to attend.

The circular Alumni Plaza, located north of Montana Hall and east of the Chemistry and Biochemistry Building, is intended to become a symbol of university pride, according to Jaynee Groseth, president of the MSU Alumni Association.

The plaza's centerpiece is a 6-foot-tall bronze sculpture of a bobcat mounted on a 36,000 pound boulder. The sculpture has been named "Spirit" after MSU's first live bobcat mascot. The plaza has a circular design and will be surrounded by large stones, trees, benches, native grasses and flowers.

The plaza is a gift to the university from the Alumni Association and is estimated to cost between $150,000-$200,000, Groseth said.

The plaza is also being constructed as a place for people to gather, according to Dennis Raffensperger, university architect.

"It will be a focal point visually and a place for people to sit together," Raffensperger said. "It is an opportunity the alumni had been looking for to give something to university."

Jaynee Groseth, jgroseth@montana.edu


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