Thursday, March 7, 2013

Roadside Attraction: Blue Hen Statue - Newark, DE

Interesting Places I've Photographed
Blue Hen Statue
University of Delaware
Newark, DE
Topic: Roadside Attraction
It has not yet flown away.
GPS: N39° 41.278; W075° 45.329

Quick Description: 

The Blue Hen Statue is located near the sorority dormitories on the campus of the University of Delaware in Newark, DE.

Long Description:

The Blue Hen statue is located on Pendcader Way which is reached from New London Road. The street looked like the driveway to me but soon it becomes a campus road. Look for the Blue Hen on the right underneath an overpass.

The Fightin' Blue Hen has been the mascot of the University of Delaware since 1911. This version of the mascot was created in 1979 by Robert Peoples, Jr. with the assistance of Tom Peoples. The 13' high by by 3' wide by 9.5' long sculpture stands on a green painted 10" high by 38" diameter convex circular base which is signed and dated by the artists. The Blue Hen composed of welded steel plates which are painted blue,  except for the beak and feet which are painted yellow.

According to the Roadside America and other websites, local legend has it that if a virgin graduates from the University of Delaware, the statue will fly away.

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