Nittany Lion Shrine
The Lion Shrine at Penn State, February 2005
|Year||October 24, 1942|
|Owner||The Pennsylvania State University|
|Accession||October 24, 1942|
The Nittany Lion Shrine at Pennsylvania State University was dedicated on October 24, 1942 during Homecoming. Animalier Heinz Warneke and stonecutter Joseph Garatti created it from a 13-ton block of Indiana Limestone. The shrine was chosen from six models submitted by Warneke.
The shrine is a gift of the class of 1940 and rests in a natural setting of trees near Recreation Building.
The shrine has been called the most photographed site on the University Park campus.
In 1966 Sue Paterno (wife of football coach Joe Paterno), and a friend secretly splashed water-soluble orange paint on the Nittany Lion statue the week of the Syracuse game. Later that week Syracuse fans covered the statue in oil-based paint, which was tougher to remove. Since then, students guard the Lion Shrine every homecoming.
In another football weekend incident in 1978, the Lion Shrine was vandalized when a blunt object was used to break off the statue's right ear. The original sculptor - Heinz Warneke - was alive at the time and, with some difficulty, was able to match the stone and repair the damaged ear. This incident led to the site being guarded during home football games.
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