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New Bronze Mascot Lands at Montclair University

Red Hawk statue by Hanlon Studio hopes to boost team spirit.

Montclair, NJ, October 10, 2015 --( A 12-foot tall red hawk cast in bronze will now greet students at Montclair State University by the main entrance to campus, near College Hall and Panzer Athletic Center. Master sculptor and New Jersey native Brian Hanlon unveiled his depiction of the mascot on October 2.

Representing courage and determination, the new campus greeter known as “Rocky” will serve as an imposing yet majestic reminder to students that the sense of community is alive and growing.

“I think the new hawk will instill a sense of pride for students,” said Brian Hanlon who has sculpted other school mascots like the Seton Hall Pirate, the Monmouth University Hawk, Rowan University’s Owl and Florida International University’s Golden Panther.

“It also draws attention to some pretty formidable teams and serves as a way to celebrate the All-American athletes at Montclair,” Hanlon added.

Rocky has been BHOC (Big Hawk on Campus) since 1989, when Montclair State adopted the Red Hawk—a mythological bird closely resembling the red-tailed hawk—as its mascot.

Red-tailed hawks can often be found on campus, where they perch in trees and on utility poles.

“While red-tailed hawks are known as strong and aggressive hunters, Rocky prefers a friendly workout at the Student Recreation Center and usually shows his softer side, wearing his heart—and his loyalty—on his sleeve,” the school’s website stated.

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About Brian Hanlon/Hanlon Sculpture Studio:
Brian P. Hanlon is a classically trained master sculptor and founder of Hanlon Sculpture Studio, a full-service art studio that designs, creates, and installs awe-inspiring and signature monuments featuring bronze, aluminum, stainless steel and granite sculptures, illustrative and informational graphics, and interactive kiosks. The Studio provides complete site design services from sculptures to hard and softscapes, and offers total project management from design to installation and unveiling. In collaboration with administrative staff at colleges, universities, corporations, non-profits, and municipalities, the Studio develops the scope of artwork projects that are designed to enhance the spirit, pride, and tradition of the local community.

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732 996 5881

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