STATE COLLEGE, Pa.-- An artist has removed a halo from a large mural of veteran Penn State football coach Joe Paterno in this college town.
Artist Michael Pilato had put a halo over Mr. Paterno's image after the coach's death in January, something he does when a subject passes away.
But he said he felt he had to remove it Saturday after the release of a report concluding that Mr. Paterno and other officials buried allegations of sexual abuse against longtime assistant Jerry Sandusky.
Instead, Mr. Pilato said, he added a large blue ribbon on Mr. Paterno's lapel symbolizing support for child abuse victims--an idea he said Mr. Paterno endorsed before his death.
Mr. Pilato earlier removed Sandusky from the mural, and he said he hasn't made a decision on the image of former university president Graham Spanier.
First Published July 14, 2012 4:00 PM