November 25, 2014  

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Golden Eagle Sculptures Put into Place on Southern Miss Campuses

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A large golden eagle sculpture has been positioned on the front portion of The University of Southern Mississippi's Hattiesburg campus. (Photo by Danny Rawls)

After nearly two years of planning, a massive golden eagle sculpture has landed on The University of Southern Mississippi’s Hattiesburg campus.

The sculpture, designed by Idaho artist/sculptor David Anderson, was placed in its permanent home on Wednesday, Oct. 16 at the apex of the All-American Rose Garden that faces Hardy Street. Anderson was on hand as the bronze sculpture was hoisted via crane into place.

“It marks the end of a very lengthy process,” he said. “We first started talking about this project about two years ago. To reach this point is very exciting and satisfying.”

Southern Miss alumnus Chuck Scianna commissioned and donated the Hattiesburg eagle, along with a smaller version for the Gulf Park campus in Long Beach, which has also been placed in its permanent spot. Both sculptures will be officially dedicated during separate ceremonies on Thursday, Oct. 24 -- at 10 a.m. in Long Beach and at 4 p.m. in Hattiesburg.

The larger sculpture measures approximately 22-foot tall by 20-foot wide and rests atop an 8-foot high pyramid-shaped base.