East Lansing, Michigan: Sparty the Spartan - World's Largest Free-Standing Ceramic Figure9.5 feet tall. The original, sculpted by professor Leonard Jungwirth, was unveiled June 9, 1945. It was moved to the protected west lobby of Spartan Stadium in 2005; a bronze copy now stands at the original outdoor spot.
- E. Kalamazoo St., East Lansing, MI
- On the campus of Michigan State University, at the west end of E. Kalamazoo St. where it meets Chestnut Rd.
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Sparty the Spartan - Exact Replica
The original terra cotta statue of Sparty the Spartan has been moved to a place of honor in the stadium for its protection. The current statue outside the stadium is an exact replica made of something more durable.[Gordon M. Haeberle, 12/14/2007]
Made of terra-cotta by Leonard D. Jungwirth of the Michigan State University art department, dedicated in June 1945. It stands 10.5 feet tall -- which apparently is the limit for this material -- and rises to almost 16 feet atop its brick-and-concrete base. The statue weighs three tons. It has deteriorated over the years, due in part to paint attacks by students from the rival University of Michigan.[RoadsideAmerica.com Team, 04/14/2007]