New Joe Paterno statue being made in secret location
February 21, 2016 12:12 PM
A new Joe Paterno statue, this time with a clenched fist, is being made by two artists who worked on the original.
By Rob Tornoe / The Philadelphia Inquirer
Last year, the NCAA gave former Penn State coach Joe Paterno his football wins back, but so far the iconic bronze statue that was removed from outside Beaver Stadium in 2012 following the Jerry Sandusky scandal remains hidden in a “secure location”
But Penn State fans may soon be able to see a new statue that looks nearly identical to the original.
Yesid Gomez and Wilfer Buitrago, two cousins who did the casting work on the original Paterno statue based on a sculpture by artist Angelo DiMaria, have announced they are hard at work in a secret location in Ephrata, Pa. creating a brand new statue, this time with no approval from Penn State or the Paterno family.
“Penn State should have given us the courtesy of contacting us when they removed the statue and letting us know where it is," Gomez told Philly.com. "Instead, they are not responding to us, so we decided to bring the statue back again."
This time, Gomez and Buitrago, who are self-financing the project, say they are creating two copies. The pair plan on donating one statue to the Paterno family, while they intend the second to travel to Beaver Stadium “for all the fans and the people that bleed blue and white” and to different locations and museums around the country.
Neither artist has spoken to either the Paterno familty or DiMaria, who was commissioned by the Friends of Paterno to design the original stature. DiMaria also holds the copyright on the original design, which doesn't concern Gomez.
"If I were going to be worried, I wouldn't be making it," Gomez said.
Requests for comment about the new statue from Penn State and the Paterno family weren’t immediately returned.
The new statue will differ slightly from the original sculpture, with Paterno holding up a clenched fist in place of pointing upward. Gomez said finishing the clay sculpture should take about another month.
Once the sculpture is complete, it will take about four to five months to cast it in bronze, a process that Gomez estimates will cost about $50,000 a piece.
"At this point, we don't have a sponsor," said Gomez. "We're not worried about money, we’re worried about making a statement."