More than 300 students and faculty gathered Wednesday afternoon for the unveiling of the new statue, Los Lobos de Loyola at Loyola University Chicago’s Lake Shore Campus.
The artist C. Fransico “Pancho” Martinez sculpted Los Lobos de Loyola that is currently in between Dumbach Hall and Cudahy Science hall, but will eventually be moved to West Quad, the lawn near the entrance of Halas Sports Center.
There are plans to have a fireplace in front of the statue that will be lit before sports games.
“The minute I saw it, I knew I wanted that statue for Loyola,” said the Rev. Michael J. Garanzini, S.J., president of Loyola.
Garanzini first saw the statue at a Jesuit school in Mexico City, and asked for artist of the sculpture and his contact information.
He soon contacted Martinez and asked him to create a similar statue for Loyola.
“Los Lobos de Loyola is fitting for the campus because it features two wolves and a kettle that are also existing on the university’s crest,” Garanzini said.
The sculpture stands 8 feet tall and weighs more than two tons.
It will be a reminder of Loyola’s history and founder St. Ignatius. The wolves are a replica of the ones found on his coat-of-arms.
“Los Lobos de Loyola will become a symbol of the university,” said Robert D. Kelly, Ph.D., Vice President of Student Development.
The statue will be a reminder to the students and faculty St. Ignatius, and his willingness to help others.
“It is our mascot come to life,” said M. Grace Calhoun, Director of Athletics. “It will bond us to the Loyola community.”
Students also well received the new addition to the Lake Shore Campus.
“I think it’s great to have something to remind us of our history,” said Julia McGannon, 20, a junior International Studies major. “Los Lobos will cause students to stop and enjoy the beauty of Loyola.”