Barry McNamara  |   Published October 11, 2015

Scots Spirit Unveiled

New bronze bagpiper statue unveiled during Homecoming festivities
  • Utah artist Matt Glenn stands before his creation, titled “Scots Spirit.”
A new member of the Monmouth College family was welcomed during Homecoming Weekend.
  “Scots Spirit,” a 6-foot-tall bronze statue of a Scottish bagpiper, was unveiled during a ceremony on Boucher Plaza, 90 minutes before the Fighting Scots kicked off their important Homecoming victory over Illinois College.   With assistance from a lead gift from Augustin “Gus” Hart ’68 and Rebecca Hart of Oquawka, the Class of 2015 raised funds to commission the statue, which was created by Utah artist Matt Glenn. The sculptor, who was in attendance at the ceremony, has been creating bronze monuments for communities all over the country for more than 15 years.   “The bronze statue represents the ambitions of Monmouth College students and the hopes for them from the alumni who have gone before them,” said Jennifer Erickson Sanberg ’10, the college’s assistant director of annual giving. “The Monmouth tartan and sporran call attention to this being a Monmouth Scot.”   Upon first impression, the statue is of a student bagpiper – a symbol of Monmouth traditions. On closer examination, Sanberg explained, the student is much more. He is depicted casually, although still in traditional, gentlemanly attire. With rolled-up sleeves and no formal coat or hat, a message of modernity, accessibility and applicability to all students – and across time – is reinforced.   His distant gaze and stance upon a stack of books signifies contemplation of how he will complete his years at Monmouth before venturing forth into the world. The books on the statue represent a broad swath of learning and are therefore a brief yet incomplete reflection of the full breadth of the liberal arts.   “Monmouth students, aspiring for both success in life and careers similar to many alumni who have come before them, may find good fortune by touching the right boot of the statue,” added Sanberg with a smile.
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