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What is Bucky on Parade?

Bucky on Parade is a free public art event that will bring approximately 100 life-size Bucky Badger statues to the streets of Madison and Dane County. Local and regional artists will transform these Bucky statues into unique works of art. The parade itself begins Monday, May 7­, and continues through the summer. After the public art display, the Bucky statues will be auctioned off to raise funds for organizations including Garding Against Cancer, Madison Area Sports Commission and other community charities.

Provost Turina Bakken serves on the Madison Area Sports Commission board, a subset of the Greater Madison Convention and Visitors Bureau. Bakken was placed on the executive committee for Bucky on Parade, as well as chair of the marketing committee. Team Matters interviewed her about the event.

She is excited about Madison College’s involvement in the project. The college is storing the Bucky statues, and students from Applied Science and Engineering Technology will spray the statues with a protective coating.

The college gets two statues for the parade, both of which will be designed by Madison College faculty, Emmalee Pearson of Visual Communications, and Jeff Dewitt in Animation. Their designs will reflect some of the stories of the college and the value it creates for the community. 

Learn more by visiting the Bucky on Parade website.

What is Bucky on Parade?

Published January 17, 2018.