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Giant Bronze Wildcat.

Giant Bronze Wildcat

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Providence, Rhode Island

Since the 1960s the team mascot of Johnson & Wales University has been the wildcat -- except for a few years in the 1990s when it was replaced by a griffin. Anxious to put that fantastical gaffe behind them, the university commissioned Mike Fields to sculpt a 12-foot-long, 12-ton wildcat out of bronze, and placed it in front of its sports center. Fields' later said he spent over a month just sculpting the massive head. It stands on a single piece of granite weighing 22 tons, into which is etched "The Wildcat Way."

Giant Bronze Wildcat.

No more griffins here!

Giant Bronze Wildcat

Johnson and Wales University

305 Shipyard St., Providence, RI
South side of the city. Drive south on US Hwy 1A/Narragansett Blvd. Turn left at the stoplight onto Harborside Blvd and enter the campus of Johnson and Wales University. Drive a quarter-mile. At the stop sign, turn left onto Shipyard St. Drive a hundred yards, past a red brick building on the left, then turn left into the parking lot for the Wildcat Center (There's also a large parking lot on the right). The statue is in front of the Wildcat Center.
Lit at night. Local health policies may affect hours and access.
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