Story courtesy of the January/February Inside Loyola print issue
A new sculpture, Los Lobos de Loyola, will be installed at the Lake Shore Campus in conjunction with Wolf and Kettle Day, in March. The artwork pays homage to St. Ignatius of Loyola and celebrates generosity, a value central to the University’s mission.
The 8-foot-tall sculpture depicts two wolves flanking a kettle, similar to the image in Loyola’s crest.
President and CEO Michael J. Garanzini, S.J., commissioned the sculpture after he saw a similar statue at the Ibero-American University, a Jesuit school in Mexico City. “Bringing a sculpture to campus that features the symbols found in the St. Ignatius coat-of-arms celebrates Loyola’s proud heritage and will be a welcome addition to the campus,” says Father Garanzini.
Mexican artist C. Francisco “Pancho” Cardenas Martinez created the wolf and kettle statue.
Loyola’s sculpture will be displayed in the plaza between Dumbach Hall and Cudahy Science Hall until it moves to the West Quad lawn between Cudahy Science and Halas Sports Center.
Kana Wibbenmeyer, assistant vice president of facilities, believes the sculpture will be a wonderful showpiece for the campus, especially because of its connection to Loyola. “Unlike current sculptures on campus, this one speaks directly to the University’s identity and it will have a special meaning to students,” she says.
The statue will be unveiled on March 21, when Loyola hosts its second-annual Wolf and Kettle Day to celebrate generosity through giving. This date marks the point in the academic year when tuition funds deplete and support from generous donors begins.