The Tigers of DePauw University will say their final adieus as they go up for adoption.
According to Gigi Fenlon, coordinator of arts publicity and marketing, 15 tiger statues created by Stone and Steel were scattered throughout the campus to heighten the awareness of ArtsFest 2006: Art and the Silk Road and to showcase the talents of the DePauw community.
All members of the DePauw community were invited earlier in the fall to submit design proposals. And out of those proposals, 15 groups, organizations and individuals were awarded a tiger statue to design based on the merit of their proposal.
The tigers were to be removed from campus at the end of ArtsFest on Nov. 5, but due to several requests, the tigers were left out until students left for Thanksgiving Break. Currently, only seven of the tigers remain, but only six are available for adoption.
Fenlon said the main reason for the removal of the tiger statues from campus was because they lack an interior steel structure and were not created to last more than two weeks.
The six adoptable tigers are Julie Rooney and Amira Korkor's "The Universal Language" tiger, Elizabeth Straebel's "The Tyger" tiger, The Committee for Latino Concerns' "The Triangle Trade Route" tiger, United DePauw's "The Oppressed Tiger" and the Philosophy Club's "The Big Questions" tiger.
Fenlon said that Lindsay Bartlett and the Student Arts Council has taken over the project and will be overseeing the tiger adoption process. The process is open to both the DePauw and Greencastle communities.
Anyone wanting to adopt a tiger need to answer the following questions:
* Why do you want the tiger?
* Where will you put the tiger?
* Do you have a preference of which one you adopt? And, if so, why?
When making their proposals, people should consider that the tigers are too heavy to be moved up or down interior stairs, and some exterior placements might also be too difficult to access.
All adoption proposals must be emailed to Bartlett at firstname.lastname@example.org. The Student Arts Council will read over the proposals and make their decision on Wednesday, Dec. 20.