A bronze Golden Eagle statue was erected at the University of Southern Mississippi Wednesday afternoon.
The 22-foot tall statue was created by Idaho artist David Anderson, and was donated by Chuck Sciana, who also gave a donation for the College of Business last year.
Erecting the statue took about an hour, and is now in front of Southern Hall on the Hattiesburg campus. The statue rests on an eight-foot pedestal, and features a time capsule at the base.
A similar bronze statue was placed on the Gulf Coast campus sized at 11-feet tall.
"Today is the culmination of having a lot of time and effort at the studio sculpting the piece and to have it finally set today it's very exciting, satisfying," said Anderson.
"It's going to be a beautiful site for our campus," said Jerry DeFatta, executive director of the Southern Miss Alumni Association. "I think it's something that will very quickly become one of the most photographed images associated with the University of Southern Mississippi," he said.
A dedication ceremony for the statue will be held on Thursday, Oct. 24 at 4 o'clock.
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