Original Joe Paterno statue sculptors create Kickstarter to raise money for new statue
Yesid Gomez and Wilfer Buitrago are at it again.
The original sculptors of the Joe Paterno statue that Penn State removed from campus in 2012 have started a Kickstarter campaign to raise money for a new statue they hope to unveil on Sept. 3, the Nittany Lions’ home opener in 2016.
“We have over the last 3 months created a full sculpture of Joe Paterno in red clay, which has excellent detailing work but has to be kept constantly moistened and will not stand the test of time. We want to cast the statue in bronze once again, to have a permanent legacy of Joe Paterno owned by the people and which will be brought to the September kickoff.
Your sponsorship will help us make the final mold and then cast it. This process is very expensive, and the amount we are asking for is enough to go to Medellin, Colombia to a trusted foundry and to get it cast as swiftly and with as much cost efficiency as possible.”
As of Monday morning, the campaign had raised $2,725 of $50,000 needed. If it doesn’t reach that goal in the next 27 days, all the money will be returned.
This statue is slightly different than the original, as the pair explained on their Kickstarter page.
“It is important not only that we recreate the statue, but also that the sculpture is even better than before. Joe Paterno was a humble man and the pose with his finger up is one he rarely took, instead preferring an upright fist of solidarity. We also wished to show him closer to his age, and with more grace in his clothing and movement.”