Client: Chapman University
Location: Orange, CA, United States
Completion date: 2014
Artwork budget: $183,000
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Pat Kipper Patination
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This has been an ongoing project of Chapman University to install sculptures of their mascot, the Panthers, all around campus, mainly whenever a new building or sports facility is built. They have commissioned six Panther sculptures from Rosetta so far and have left open the possibility of more in the future.
Each Panther sculpture was commissioned individually for its location and tailored to the function of that location. For instance, a mother with her cub was designed for a new housing complex and a "Charging Panther" for the new athletic complex, which is wheeled out onto the field for football games and rubbed by the players for good luck.
It is the University President, James Doti, who usually decides when, where and what kind of pose he wants for each Panther. After consultations between us, he and the project manager approve my design and I work with their contractor for the design of the base. The base contractor coordinates the installation based on my instructions. My sub-contractors at this end do the casting of the bronze under my supervision.