Bull Statues Garner New Attention

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Tuesday, May 17, 2011

With the decreasing role of the Kansas Coliseum, there is a group pushing for the move of the statues of two bulls that stand in front of the Britt Brown Arena. The bulls have stood out in front of the Kansas Coliseum arena for more than three decades.

Now a local high school wants to round 'em up and move 'em to their campus for display. "It needs a lot of work done, but it is something that can be refurbished," James McDonald, a Maize South High parent said as he took a close up look at the statues. "That's a beautiful landmark," he added.

"We are actually looking for an exterior representation of our new school, Maize South High School," McDonald said. "And driving by I can't help but think about the correlation between the two. These two landmarks would be beautiful in front o f Maize South High School because we are represented by the Mavericks."

So McDonald went to the county to present his idea to Sedgwick county commissioners to see if they will partner up with him on the idea. "Since Britt Brown Arena was closed with the opening of the Intrust Bank Arena they've been sitting in a position where the public is rarely going to see them," Sedgwick County Commissioner Karl Peterjohn said of the two statues.

McDonald thinks more people would see and appreciate the statues in front of the high school with all their students, and those visiting from other schools during competitions. "I guarantee you it will not cost a penny to Sedgwick County or to the Maize School District," he said. The idea is to put them in front of the school cafeteria.

But others have their eyes on the statues. McDonald says there's also a request to put them in front of the horse pavilion. County commissioners haven't made a decision, they say they will get back with everyone after they have had a chance to look at the proposals.

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