Eighty-five variations of Bucky Badger statues were unveiled Monday morning throughout Madison as part of the Bucky on Parade art event that is running through Sept. 12.
Among those was a statue right outside the south entrance of Camp Randall Stadium near Kellner Hall and Bucky’s Locker Room, as Wisconsin athletic director Barry Alvarez revealed a statue in his own “likeness.
Each Bucky Badger statue has its own name. This one, as you might expect, is “Bucky Alvarez.”
For the event, the longtime Wisconsin head coach and current athletic director sported a sharp, light-purple suit coat with grey pants. As a suit guy, I completely approve. I’m, in fact, a little jealous.
According to the Bucky on Parade website:
Bucky on Parade is a free public art event that will bring 85 life-size Bucky Badger statues to the streets of Madison and Dane County May 7–September 12, 2018. Local and regional artists will transform these Bucky statues into unique works of art.
The Madison Area Sports Commission is the producer of the event, with support from the Greater Madison Convention & Visitors Bureau and in partnership with the University of Wisconsin-Madison, University of Wisconsin Athletics, and Wisconsin Foundation & Alumni Association. Event proceeds will support Garding Against Cancer, Madison Area Sports Commission and other community charities.
Bucky on Parade will provide many opportunities for the community to get involved and be a part of the fun, leading up to and during the parade months. Please join our Bucky on Parade Fan Club to stay in the loop on event happenings. You’ve never seen Bucky like this before!
Check out the website above, along with the tweets below including videos and pictures of Alvarez and some of Wisconsin’s athletic department, as well as the other Bucky statues throughout the city. No, we’re not going to embed all 85 statues in this post.
Our Bucky statue for @BuckyOnParade was unveiled this morning. “Full Fatigues” was created by the Madison Vet Center and VSA Wisconsin. It was sponsored by @tdstelecom and will be on display at @WisVetsMuseum through the summer! #WisVets #WIWorking pic.twitter.com/Age6A1pmHO— Wisconsin Department of Veterans Affairs (@WisVets) May 7, 2018
Here is the other #WisVets @UWBuckyBadger, which is one of two displayed inside the State Capitol! This one was created by Veteran artist Yvette Pino and is sponsored by J&K Security Solutions. What a great event @BuckyOnParade was! #BuckyOnParade pic.twitter.com/e19eJdrlWX— Wisconsin Department of Veterans Affairs (@WisVets) May 7, 2018