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Oregon Duck statue to be unveiled Saturday

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After more than a year in the making, an 8-foot Oregon Duck statue will be permanently displayed in Eugene after being sculpted in Troutdale. 

Alison Brown's drive to sculpt her latest and largest creation comes from her roots as a Duck. The Gresham-grown artist is a 2011 University of Oregon graduate, and now her work and art has graduated to the next level – and it needs a ladder. 
    
"Every sculpture is so much work that you kind of live it," said Brown. "It's been really fun for me to be immersed as an alumni and fan. I just kind of dove in."

As the owner of Campus Sculptures, Brown got her licensing agreement with the university and started producing limited-run desk pieces, which eventually found the hands of Nike CEO and fellow Duck alum, Phil Knight.

The latest idea was hatched after a meeting with an unnamed, top-secret donor who commissioned the duck, an 8-footer cloaked in a veil of secrecy.

"Working with the donor has been so awesome … and inspiring," said Brown. The donor is also gifting the monument to the university.

So what is it like to see your baby go off to school, so to speak? Brown and her friends had a "birthing" ceremony after the duck was cast in bronze. 

"Their reaction meant so much to me … doing the 'O' and getting their pictures taken with it," said Brown. "It was so positive that I really took on that spirit about it."
    
Her spirit is school spirit, which will soon be on display for all Ducks for years to come. 

The duck will be unveiled and installed at a ceremony Saturday at 11:30 a.m. in front of the Matthew Knight Arena, prior to the Ducks and UCLA men's basketball game.

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