Coming home: Statue of John Wooden slated to grace new Pauley Pavilion
When Pauley Pavilion
reopens its doors next season, the newly renovated arena will feature a statue of the legendary coach credited with transforming UCLA into a basketball powerhouse, John Wooden
The statue will adorn the new plaza on Pauley's north side, greeting students and fans along Bruin Walk. It is being funded by a generous donation from alumni and UCLA supporters Jim and Carol Collins.
The monument will be crafted by the head sculptor at the Pro Football Hall of Fame, Blair Buswell
, who has created busts there for 25 years. His studio, recently visited by Guerrero and others, contains life-size replicas of his other works, including statues of golf champion Jack Nicklaus, baseball hall of famer Mickey Mantle and football legend Merlin Olsen.
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