The Larry Bird Statue honors the lifetime achievements of Indiana State alumnus Larry Bird. The statue began as an initiative of Indiana State University students. The idea began in 2006 when Brad Fenton saw the statue of Magic Johnson at Michigan State University. His desire to have a statue of Larry Bird on the ISU campus was to not only commemorate Bird's legacy not only at the University, but also to the game of basketball.
Fenton, along with several other students, founded the Larry Legend Foundation student group in 2009 with the goal of having a permanent recognition piece for Bird at Indiana State. The group's fundraising efforts began with T-shirt sales on campus and at Sycamore basketball games with all proceeds going towards a Bird statue that would be taller than Johnson's. Their motivation and dedication inspired an ISU graduate to fund the statue in its entirety.
Along with the statue, the students aimed to start a scholarship in Larry's honor. The Larry Bird Scholarship Dinner on Nov. 8, 2013, fulfilled the student organization's goal by raising more than $400,000 for the Larry Bird Scholarship.
Larry Legend Foundation founding members pictured from left with Larry Bird (center): Luke Jones, Matt Foster, Ryan Royer, Brad Fenton, Zach Hurst, Nick Farrell, Geoff Haynes
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The Larry Bird Statue was dedicated on Nov. 9, 2013. Standing 17 feet 1 and 1/8 inches tall (more than five feet taller than Johnson's statue), the statue is housed on the south side of Hulman Center, Indiana State's basketball arena.
The Larry Bird Statue is part of the University’s growing outdoor art collection.
The statue was completed by Terre Haute, Ind. artist Bill Wolfe. Wolfe specializes in life-size sculpture and has several sculptures and paintings throughout Indiana and as far east as Webster, Mass. He had a particular interest in the Larry Bird sculpture as he is an avid Bird fan. Wolfe attended Indiana State University and studied art.
Pictured are Bill Wolfe and Larry Bird with the Larry Bird Statue