- Associated Press - Friday, August 5, 2016

EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) - Work is moving forward on a new bronze monument to Michigan State University’s Sparty mascot.

Those involved in the project say an Oct. 12 unveiling is scheduled at the MSU Union in East Lansing. The statue will be perched on a bench with his muscular arms extended out. People will be able to sit next to Sparty and pose for photos.

Oregon-based sculptor Alison Brown created a clay rendering that will be used to cast the statue, which is expected to weigh 1,500 pounds.

The MSU Senior Class Council for 2016 picked the Bronze Sparty Statue Fund as its senior class gift, an annual fundraiser for special campus projects.

Another statue known as “Sparty” is a popular campus photo spot. That statue is located outdoors, within view of Spartan Stadium.

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