Alternate Mater: How a statue's pose was recreated
You may have seen a photo making the rounds, of a group of people recreating the pose of the Alma Mater statue on the University of Illinois campus, after the statue was removed on Tuesday from its pedestal for renovation that will take the next several months.
Here, from Paul Keutelian (he's on the left in the photo, and one of a group of resident advisers at Hendrick House in Urbana), is the explanation of how it happened:
Tony Cohen (right) and Angela Faillaci (center), this past Sunday were discussing the Alma Mater's relocation and were joking about posing for an hour or so during the fall semester for fun and later on taking a photo like this. Some of the other Hendrick House resident advisors (Travis Constantine, Christian Sutter) were with them and supported and added to the idea. Yesterday, it was a spontaneous decision to grab all available RAs (Tony, Angela, Travis, Christian, Ryan Epping, and myself) and a sibling of another advisor who is visiting (Noémi Forgács), grab some bedsheets, a $5 dorm chair, and a chemistry lab apron and take the picture. The timing was actually very coincidental, and we thought for sure there would be a huge line of people to take this photo but that it would just be fun to have anyway. There are actually two sets of photos, one is the photo I have on Facebook with myself, Angela, and Tony taken by Ryan Epping. The second photo set was Travis Constantine, Noémi Forgács, and Tony Cohen again (from left to right).
We're all very flattered and honored that people are so entertained and we can't wait to see what people come up with to hold Alma's place until she comes back.