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Bronzed St. Patrick statue to be unveiled

A newly bronzed statue of St. Patrick will be unveiled during a ceremony at 2 p.m. Saturday, March 14, near Toomey Hall on the S&T campus. The public is invited to attend.

Originally commissioned in 1970, the pattern for the statue was made by Saint Louis sculptor Rudy Torrini. The original sculpture was dedicated in 1971, when it was placed in the lobby of the Wilson Library. It remained there for 37 years until the St. Pat’s Board raised $60,000 to pay for it to be made into a bronze.

In August of 2008, the statue was shipped to Astoria, N.Y., where the Modern Art Foundry cast it in bronze using the lost wax process.

The statue will reside at the corner of Toomey Hall overlooking the library pending completion of the new St. Pat’s Plaza, which is to be constructed on the south end of campus by the present Hockey Puck.