‘Bison-tennial’ project to display bison sculptures in every Indiana county

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College of Veterinary Medicine's bison

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — Purdue University’s College of Veterinary Medicine is sponsoring a bison sculpture as part of Indiana’s Bison-tennial Public Art Project.

The Indiana Association of United Ways, in partnership with the Indiana Bicentennial Commission, is coordinating the project created to celebrate Indiana’s 200th birthday.

Project coordinators aim to decorate and display at least one fiberglass bison in each of Indiana’s 92 counties.

The veterinary college’s bison is one of five in Tippecanoe County and will be displayed from May 6 to December 11.

The 5-foot-tall, 8-foot-long sculpture, painted by West Lafayette artist Elizabeth Lincourt, will be at the corner of Oval Drive and State Street, across from Stone Hall. The location will be along the route of the Indiana Bicentennial Torch Relay on October 12, when the relay comes through Tippecanoe County.

Lincourt’s design features a rural Indiana scene with animal tracks superimposed along with several words from the Veterinarian’s Oath, and the message, “We’re all on this path together.” Lincourt nicknamed the sculpture “Max.”

The sculpture will be moved to a permanent location near the College of Veterinary Medicine December 11.