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State College, Pennsylvania: Downtown Eugene Brown

Unveiled in 2015, it's a life-size bronze statue of sculptor Gavin Gardner's grandfather wearing Beats headphones, holding an iPad, with a copy of Dickens' "Great Expectations" in his jacket pocket.

108 E. Beaver Ave., State College, PA
On the south side of PA-26/E. Beaver Ave., just east of its intersection with S. Allen St.
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Downtown Eugene Brown.

Downtown Eugene Brown

The sculpture is in the midst of a safe, busy college downtown. I ended up parking 3 to 4 blocks east on Pugh St. Paid parking meters but if you have the ParkMobile app you'll be okay. Not far from a Starbucks on the same street.

[Vance Erwin, 12/03/2023]

Brown, who is artist Gavin Gardner's grandfather, was the winning entry in a sculpture contest to convey "the changing nature of libraries." According to Gardner his grandpa embraced the digital world at age 94, which Gardner called "the welcoming of a new era." Gardner said that Brown, who is wearing headphones and reading from a tablet, depicts "fusion."

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Giant Quarter, Everett, PA - 60 mi.

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