Former WSU students create WuShock sculpture

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WICHITA, Kan. (KAKE) -

Three former Wichita State University students have a hand in creating a larger-than-life sized WuShock statue.

Shocker alumnus and longtime YMCA donor and volunteer, Steve Clark, is gifting a bronze sculpture in honor of his late-wife, Judy Broshears Clark, who died in a 1989 car accident.

"When a donor becomes a true volunteer and gives their time, talent, and treasures to us, it broadens our reach across the community. Steve Clark is just the perfect example of that. From the Greater Wichita YMCA, we are thrilled to be part of this," said Mim McKenzie, Chief Operating Officer for the Greater Wichita YMCA.

Two local artists are bringing WuShock to life.

Sculptor Connie Ernatt is creating the eight foot tall and six feet wide bronze sculpture.

"It means a lot to do something that means so much to so many people. Everybody here in Wichita, especially, are very connected to WuShock and the Shockers. To do something that means so much to a lot of people is a pretty big deal," said Ernatt.

Designer Wade Hampton drew the WuShock with stronger features. It also embraces the vintage style of the mascot.

"I grew up liking superheroes and power an all these kind of figures. So, I always liked the idea of WuShock kind of being in this meaner pose. After having the initial discussion with Connie, she was 100% on board with that," said Hampton.

Both have been former students of the university and proud to have a hand in the sculpture.

"I'm glad people are loving it. It's been fantastic. And, Connie's made it so easy, so it's easy for me to be proud of it," said Hampton.

Ernatt mentioned a few details and surprises that have been incorporated into the sculpture, including WuShock having teeth.

"I added a scythe on the back, kind of give a nod to the past of when the shockers were actually shocking the wheat," said Ernatt.

"I like to give something for someone to find every time they come. So, maybe the next time they visit, they'll discover something new."

The sculpture will be located on the entrance plaza of the new Steve Clark YMCA and Student Wellness Center on the campus of Wichita State University.

The new building and sculpture will be completed in December. A dedication ceremony will take place in January 2020.

To learn more about the sculpture, click here.