Artist-decorated life-size Bucky statues to be displayed around Madison

MADISON, Wis. - Expect to spot dozens of Bucky Badgers around the city of Madison next spring as part of a public art project announced Wednesday. 

The Madison Area Sports Commission said the University of Wisconsin-Madison mascot will be reproduced as multiple life-size statues decorated by artists and displayed through campus and the greater Madison area in spring 2018. The project is called Bucky on Parade. 

President and CEO of the Greater Madison Convention & Visitors Bureau and Madison Area Sports Commission, Deb Archer, said the Buckys are meant to be fun and attract visitors and raise money. 

MASC is partnering with UW-Madison, the Wisconsin Foundation & Alumni Association, UW Athletics Department and Garding Against Cancer to create more than 100 different Buckys. 

UW Director of Athletics Barry Alvarez said everyone loves Bucky. 

"He’s one of the legendary mascots in college athletics and a tremendous ambassador to all of Badger Nation. Bucky on Parade will be a fun way to showcase all that is great about Bucky," Alvarez said in a news release. 

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