Chancellor Doug Kristensen hosted a dedication ceremony Friday afternoon for the new pronghorn antelope sculpture on campus.
Prominently displayed in the 26th Street Mall area near the west edge of Randall Hall, “The Loper” stands 10 feet tall and weighs more than 1,200 pounds. The bronze statue was created by Holdrege native and UNK alumnus Mark Lundeen and cast at Loveland-based Art Castings of Colorado. It was installed last month.
A former Loper football player, Lundeen graduated from UNK in 1981 with a bachelor’s degree in business administration, then moved to Loveland, Colorado, where he established his studio and began a highly successful career. His work can be found in locations across the country, including a sculpture of Apollo 13 astronaut Jack Swigert installed in the U.S. Capitol Visitor Center as part of the National Statuary Hall Collection.
The award-winning artist has been featured in Sports Illustrated, Newsweek, Fine Art Collector Magazine and other publications.
PHOTOS BY ERIKA PRITCHARD, UNK COMMUNICATIONS