A bronze statue of Joe Paterno, like the one outside Beaver Stadium that was removed by Penn State officials in 2012 in the wake of the Jerry Sandusky scandal, is planned for installation in the fall of next year.
This one, however, won't be outside the stadium, but rather outside the Tavern Restaurant in downtown State College.
According to Onward State, the Paterno family is aware of the project, but is not involved.
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As of right now, the project is called "Joe's Bench" but Sebastianelli said it will be called "Reflections" when it is complete. As Paterno studied literature at Brown University, Sebastianelli said it was decided Paterno will hold one of his favorite classics, "Aeneid," while seated on the bench.
Once Sebastianelli received interest from Tavern owner Pat Daugherty, Intorre got the project approved by the State College Borough. There were some stipulations, including a requirement that the statue be on private property, Sebastianelli said.
Although the contract is not finalized, Sebastianelli said the estimate is the statue will cost about $300,000. To raise funds for this, the organizers will launch a Kickstarter campaign in July. The Porterfield group has pledged that a portion of its proceeds on the film "The People's Joe" will go toward construction of the statue.
The statue is designed by Zenos Frudakis.
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