East Lansing, Michigan: Sparty the Spartan - World's Largest Free-Standing Ceramic Figure

9.5 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]
"Sparty" the Spartan - World's Largest Free-Standing Ceramic Figure

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]

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