Across Avenue of Champions from the legendary Memorial Coliseum you will find a place called Wildcat Alumni Plaza. The Plaza is home to countless UK stories, etched in stone — forever part of the university’s rich history. And the guardian of UK’s Tradition of Legacy, is Bowman, the Wildcat sculpture.
The intricately detailed bronze sculpture is a perfect representation of the spirit, perseverance and determination of John Bowman, the visionary who assured the creation of the University of Kentucky. Appropriately named after the school’s founder, Bowman serves as a symbol of the University of Kentucky and a touchstone that will inspire a sentimental connection among present and future alumni to their alma mater.
Click here to learn more about how Bowman got his name!
The idea of a Wildcat sculpture was suggested by a group of student leaders, and with the support of the campus community, the UK Alumni Association financed and lead the plaza project. Wildcat Alumni Plaza is now one of the most popular places on campus to take pictures (Bowman is very photogenic!), and students and visitors alike, are known to “pat the cat” for luck as they walk by. Bowman even gladly welcomes the brave at heart who venture to “ride the cat!”
Be part of UK’s Tradition of Legacy
Join so many other alumni, students and friends of UK who have left their permanent mark on campus through the purchase of a Wildcat Alumni Plaza commemorative brick paver. Pavers are a great way to display your Wildcat spirit, memorialize a loved one or to give as a unique and sentimental gift for any member of Big Blue Nation.
Click here to learn more about commemorative brick pavers in Wildcat Alumni Plaza!
Check out the action at the Plaza!
Thanks to our friends at EarthCam, you can check out what’s happening in Wildcat Alumni Plaza anytime! Bowman’s home is a popular meeting place, event location and thoroughfare. There have even been at least three marriage proposals! Take a peek at what’s happening today or go back in time courtesy of the Wildcat Alumni Plaza EarthCam.
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A special thanks to Brian Curry, ’81, for the generous donation of the EarthCam camera that provides this view of the Wildcat Alumni Plaza construction site. Click here to learn more about EarthCam.