(WLNS) – Sometime overnight the iconic Spartan statue had some visitors. According to cbssports.com the 9-foot-7-inch tall figure was vandalized with a partial covering of blue paint with a yellow “M” in the center of the statue’s chest.
The vandalism was noted in an overnight tweet from @247sports and picked up on social media. According to the student newspaper The State News the statue has already been cleaned by university maintenance.
It’s not uncommon for the statue to be a target for vandals, usually during rivalry week games between Michigan State and the University of Michigan.
This is not the original statue of “The Spartan”. The first statue was made of terra cotta and designed by an associate professor at the university in 1945. The original statue was used to create a mold for the current Sparty. This statue was cast in bronze and dedicated in 2005 as part of MSU’s sesquicentennial celebration. Donors covered the nearly $500,000 costs for the casting and creating the plaza that is home to the statue.