Alumni Jayhawk/The Kansas Jayhawk

Adams Alumni Center Lawrence, KS

Peter Fillerup, 1983

John and Virginia Walsh Eulich of Dallas, both 1951 alumni, commissioned this version of the Jayhawk for the Adams Alumni Center, 13th Street and Oread Avenue. It was dedicated Nov. 19, 1983, about six months after the center opened.

The sculptor, Peter Fillerup (b. 1953), is noted for western themes; he said he had never seen a Jayhawk until he visited the campus early in 1983 and gathered pictures and other images. He quickly completed a model for a feathered Jayhawk striding aggressively forward in cleated boots, wings at his side and beak lifted high. The 700-pound sculpture, 4 feet 6 inches tall, was cast at Wasatch Bronzeworks in Lehi, Utah. Fillerup oversaw its installation on the 4-foot tall cylindrical granite base.

Other works by Fillerup are at Brigham Young Historic Park in Salt Lake City, the Biblical Arts Center in Dallas, Philmont Boy Scout Camp in New Mexico, Soldier Hollow 2002 Winter Olympic Venue and Astoria National Park in Oregon.