With JoePa’s Statue Gone at Penn State, “We Are” Sculpture Rises

Winning design unveiled Thursday.

A rendering of the planned sculpture.

A rendering of the planned sculpture.

Penn Live reports on the new sculpture designed to revive school spirit at Penn State:

University officials Thursday unveiled the winning design from a competition to produce a public sculpture giving mass to the school’s patented “We Are… Penn State” chant.

New York artist and Penn State alum Jonathan Cramer’s design, shown to the trustees’ finance committee, features a 12-foot-high, mirror-polished steel sculpture of the iconic words “We Are,” stacked vertically on top of a concrete foundation.

Think the “Love” sculpture in Philadelphia, only with a decidedly Nittany Lion twist.

The sculpture is a gift of the Class of 2013. It will be located in a “high visibility” spot where it can be seen by drivers headed to Beaver Stadium, the Bryce Jordan Center and the Berkey Creamery. As for the Joe Paterno statue this sculpture maybe-is-but-maybe-isn’t replacing: PennLive reports it remains safely in storage.