One of the newest and most popular landmarks on campus will be getting a face lift.
The letter U that comprises one-third of the Huskie Pride sculpture in the center of the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Commons, will be sent out for repairs in early February.
Based upon the nature and location of the damage at the base of the letter, the damage appears to have been inflicted by a careless skateboarder, says Belinda Roller, Director of Architectural and Engineering Services.
Expo Design of Indianapolis is expected to pick up the damaged letter on Monday, Feb. 3, and to return it in about 10 days. During that time the letter will be repaired, reinforced and repainted.
The sculpture spelling out N-I-U, which measures 6-feet high, by 19-feet wide and 12-inches deep, was created using steel-reinforced expanded polystyrene foam coated in an epoxy and then painted using automotive paint to ensure a long-lasting finish. It was a gift to the university from Dennis and Stacy Barsema.
Dedicated on Oct. 10, 2019, the sculpture proved to be an instant hit for members of the campus community and visitors.
“It seems like whenever you pass by it, someone is standing in front of it taking a photo,” said Roller, noting that the piece is now also monitored by a security camera 24-hours a day.