UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. -- "We Are...Penn State!" This chant, for many, encapsulates what it means to be a "Penn Stater" and part of an interconnected community that is recognizable around the world.
Now that iconic phrase has taken on a tangible representation: The "We Are" sculpture, gift of Penn State's Class of 2013, was installed June 30 on the University Park campus.
Finishing touches will be added over the next two weeks. The sculpture will be dedicated officially after students return to campus for the fall semester.
Located near the east side of the Intramural (IM) Building, at the northwest corner of the intersection of Curtin Road and University Drive, the sculpture was designed by Brooklyn, N.Y., artist and Penn State alumnus Jonathan Cramer.
The design includes a 12-foot, 8,000-pound sculpture of the words "We Are" in mirror-polished, solid stainless steel. Allegheny Technologies donated the steel used in the artwork. An interpretive sign located near the sculpture will be inscribed with the words of Penn State's Alma Mater, reproduced in the style of Professor of American Literature Fred Lewis Pattee's handwriting. Pattee penned the Alma Mater in 1901.