After repairing Lydia Moss Bradley’s statue for a little over two months, Bradley University revealed the statue today at the Founder’s Circle on Thursday, after it was struck by a vehicle and damaged in June.
Bradley University President Gary Roberts, student-body president Mikki Tran and sculpture professor Fisher Stolz, who repaired the statue, spoke at the unveiling ceremony.
“For being hit by a car and pushed across the concrete and pavement, she looks pretty good.” Stolz said.
“It had a number of abrasions primarily on the upper back, a couple on the front and the top of her head.” According to Stolz, the substructure that holds the statue to its base was also damaged and had to be replaced.
Many students, faculty and staffs attended the ceremony with flowers and signs they made.
“I thought the new Lydia looked great.” Jacob Horvat, a sophomore mechanical engineering student, said. “The ceremony was packed and there was a lot of hype around it.”
“You don’t know what is great until it’s gone.” Tran said. “Beyond the cute photo ops, [the statue of] Lydia has provided a lot of symbolism and Bradley pride throughout the years.”
“When I was a student here for a half-century ago Lydia wasn’t talked about very much.” President Roberts said. “Since then, over the years people start to pay more attention to Mrs. Bradley and rightfully so, she’s one of the most remarkable people that anyone will hear and read about.”
“This community will not be like anything it is today if it hadn’t been for Lydia Moss Bradley,” Roberts said.
“It was cool just to see students of all backgrounds being able to attend the event. It was a nice mix of established members of the Bradley family like Res Life and Greek Life, as well as new members of the family that were there for orientation.” said Alex Jaeger, a senior electrical engineering student.