85 colorful, whimsical Bucky Badger statues to be revealed around Dane County

85 colorful, whimsical Bucky Badger statues to be revealed around Dane County

Bucky on Parade, one of the nation’s largest public art projects, features 85 six-foot-tall Bucky Badger statues. The statues are “creative interpretations” of Bucky that were envisioned by artists from throughout Wisconsin.

The statues were delivered and installed Sunday evening to various locations throughout Dane County, including Madison, the University of Wisconsin-Madison campus, Sun Prairie, Verona, Fitchburg, etc.

There are more than a dozen on the Capitol Square in Madison.

They will be revealed around 11 a.m. Monday, with Bucky the Badger leading the UW Marching Band and the community to the top of State Street to reveal the final two statues just before noon.

The statues will be on display May 7-September 12.

The Bucky statues have a large range of color, design and theme.

Deb Archer, president and CEO of the Greater Madison Convention & Visitors Bureau and Madison Area Sports Commission, said her favorite Bucky actually glows in the dark.

Local graphic designer Savannah Guthrie designed “Signature Bucky,” which is stationed on Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. The statue is covered in hand-written signatures from people all over the area.

The sports commission produced the event with support from the visitor’s bureau and in partnership with several campus organizations.

Event proceeds will support Garding Against Cancer, the sports commission and other community charities.