MADISON, Wis. - The public art project featuring the beloved Badgers mascot's likeness raised $1 million for charity, organizers said.
Bucky on Parade organizers announced on Monday afternoon the grand total that the statue project had earned.
Bucky on Parade was a free public art event that featured 85 6-foot-tall Bucky Badger statues in Madison and a few statues in communities adjacent to the Capital City. The statues were set up May 7 through Sept. 12. Local and regional artists transformed the statues, which were painted, glued and outfitted to reflect various themes.
There was a Sunburst Bucky, Between the Lakes Bucky, Bright Idea Bucky, Bucky De Los Muertos, Hip Buckster and Lucky Bucky, which is covered in pennies.
One figure, the Golden Bucky, roamed the city this summer, showing up at various special events, including Bratfest, the Crossfit Games, the Madison Night Market and more.
The money raised through the project will go to Garding Against Cancer, the Madison Area Sports Commission and other community charities, organizers said.
After the parade, the one-of-a-kind statues were auctioned off.
Organizers also released a mini-documentary about the project in early October.
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