UPDATE: Blaze is lighting up UAB’s campus

04.29.2008 by André Natta · → 6 Comments

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The 3-ton, smoke-breathing statue of UAB’s mascot, Blaze, was unveiled Tuesday afternoon in front of the Bartow Arena. The 9 foot tall by 16 foot long, 7,000 pound smoke spewing statue created by artist T.J. Neil of Homosassa, FL. It cost approximately $30,000 was commissioned by the UAB National Alumni Society. UAB president Carol Garrison said the statue will breath smoke on special occasions, the first of which will be this weekend’s commencement (it starts at 2 p.m. on Saturday).

UPDATE: 5.1.2008; Click on the image above to view a few other images from the unveiling.

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Beckibob
Beckibob

I realize the Alumni Society is a private organization, but I would think they could think of better things to spend their money on with the impending state budget cuts...

Beckibob
Beckibob

I realize the Alumni Society is a private organization, but I would think they could think of better things to spend their money on with the impending state budget cuts...

BrianW
BrianW

If that thing doesn't garner some worldwide respect for UAB I don't know what will...

BrianW
BrianW

If that thing doesn't garner some worldwide respect for UAB I don't know what will...