UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — If you're a Penn Stater and you travel anywhere in the world and shout "We are" in a crowd of people, there's a pretty good chance you might hear "Penn State" from a fellow Nittany Lion. A more tangible representation of the words will be officially presented to the University on Friday, Oct. 2.
The dedication of the "We Are" Sculpture, the gift of Penn State's Class of 2013, will begin at 2:30 p.m. on the sculpture's site near the east side of the Intramural (IM) Building, at the northwest corner of the intersection of Curtin Road and University Drive. Speakers will include Morgan Delaware, 2013 class gift chair and College of Communications alumna; Jonathan Cramer, sculptor and 1994 College of Arts and Architecture alumnus; and Penn State President Eric J. Barron.
Cramer's goal was to create a design "that meets the exuberance, energy and pride of the school, its alumni and its location...The reflective nature of the steel creates a dialogue between the viewer, the surroundings and fellow peers, which further solidifies the 'We Are' slogan." The design includes a 12-foot, 8,000-pound sculpture of the words "We Are" in mirror-polished, solid stainless steel.
Cramer, from Brooklyn, N.Y., won the commission in a national competition to design the piece. Allegheny Technologies donated the steel used in the artwork. The sculpture was installed in July.
Accompanying the sculpture is an interpretive sign inscribed with the words of Penn State's Alma Mater, reproduced in the handwriting style of Professor of American Literature Fred Lewis Pattee. Pattee penned the Alma Mater in 1901.
The 2013 Class Gift Committee wanted a gift that would acknowledge the past but look toward the future. "At a time when so many people were eager to tell us who we were," said Delaware, "we felt it was important to remind the world of who we are."
“The class of 2013 was looking for a sculpture that would embody the unity that 'We Are' inspires among Penn Staters and reflect on what the phrase means to them," said Geoff Hallett, class gift adviser and assistant director in Annual Giving. "The polished steel is a mirror that invites visitors to the site to contemplate all that makes Penn State great: the people of this community whose reflections are shining back at them.”