Construction begins on the Old Main Senior Walk exhibit
Construction has begun on the U of A’s new Senior Walk exhibit, which will feature pieces from the original first 50 years that were removed from the Old Main Plaza earlier this year.
The permanent exhibit is scheduled to be completed in August and will be on the ground floor of Old Main.
The original 50 years of senior walking were superseded earlier this year due to increased levels of deterioration and safety concerns caused by uneven and crumbling walking. During the works, sections of the promenade were safeguarded and stored with the aim of creating the permanent exhibition to showcase the history and tradition of the Elder Walk.
The new exhibit will feature sections of the original Elders Walk that were removed during the renovation of the old main square last year. Pieces from different years will be mounted in the hallway on the ground floor with the original numbering of the year. Reinforced steel will be used to mount the parts, the largest of which weighs between 3,000 and 4,000 lbs.
“The new Senior Walk exhibit is a great example of upholding campus traditions while maintaining a safe environment,” said Scott Turley, associate vice chancellor for facilities. “While the decision to replace the first 50 years was not an easy one, with input from a large list of stakeholders, it enabled us to preserve the coins for future generations and create a permanent space to commemorate the tradition of the Elder Walk. “
Construction is expected to be completed by mid-August. Members of the public will be invited to view the completed exhibit during Come As You Arkansas on September 10.
About senior walking
Senior Walk began with the Class of 1905 after they added their names by hand on wet concrete in front of Old Main. Since then, each promotion has had its name engraved on the march.
Although originally added by hand, the growing size of the class required an alternate process to maintain the tradition. In 1986, employees of the facilities management, formerly known as the physical factory, invented the Sand Hog specifically to engrave names. Today, more than 200,000 graduates are registered on Senior Walk.
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