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Presented by Western Illinois University, Rocky on Parade is a public art project that celebrates the University’s traditions, strengthens the unity of campus and community, contributes to the economic vitality and quality of life in Macomb, and supports student scholarships. Imagine a “pack” of larger-than-life fiberglass bulldog sculptures, designed and created by regional artists, on long-term public display. Each bulldog will have a unique design and will be placed throughout the WIU campus and Macomb community.

Watch the Rocky Dogs Transform

We have been documenting the Rocky on Parade process that you can view on our Facebook page. Be sure to "Like" our Facebook page for updates throughout the year.

What is Public Art?

A public art exhibition accessible to everyone. The term is especially meaningful in the art world, where it signifies a particular working practice with implications of site specificity, community involvement and collaboration.

While the Rocky forms will remain the same, each artist will be challenged to convey their own interpretation of the bulldog as an art object. The artist(s) may paint, sculpt, transform and adorn the bulldogs, but the structural integrity of Rocky must not be compromised and the mechanisms for attaching the bulldogs to their concrete bases should not be obstructed. The variety of Rocky designs is endless and no two will be alike.

Become part of a Unique Development Project!

Find out how you can be a part of this great event by viewing our sponsorship information to learn more about being a Rocky on Parade sponsor.

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Opportunity for Artists

We invite you to submit your drawings for a chance to design a larger-than-life bulldog! There is no cost associated with submitting an entry for consideration.


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