COLUMBIA — A concrete base, the only vestige of the Tiger Spot mosaic remaining on MU's Lowry Mall, is being removed and replaced with brick to blend with the surrounding area.
The mosaic, originally unveiled in 2001, was removed in May after MU reached an agreement with the artist, Paul Jackson. Weather, foot traffic and an unorthodox means of construction contributed to the deterioration of the work of art.
Engraved bricks with the names of donors who funded the mosaic were also removed by MU. MU had not decided on an alternate location for the bricks as of Thursday, MU spokesman Christian Basi said.
The MU Art and Artifacts Committee, tasked with the decision of what to do with the empty area, decided that returning the circle to its original condition was the best option, Basi said.
Several factors affected the committee’s decision. Leaving the space open will potentially relieve some congestion during breaks between class periods.
“That’s a very high-traffic area,” Basi said. “It was the most timely and economical solution.”
The exact duration of the project is unknown, but Basi said it will be completed by the time students return for the fall semester.
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