Piasa Bird steel there

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John Badman|The Telegraph The old steel Piasa Bird, restored, still stands at Southwestern High School football field in honor of the school mascot. The bird was erected in 1984 on the bluff at Norman's Landing in what is today Great Rivers Park. A project by the Alton-Godfrey Rotary Club, the creature whose name means "bird that devours man" was completed with help from throughout the community. National Marine Service in Hartford donated the steel and labor to sculpt the 9,000-pound legendary creature. Nine local artists helped paint the creature, which measures 23 by 40 feet. It was removed from the bluff as it began to rust and plans were developed to repaint the Indian artwork onto the limestone bluff closer to Alton. Southwestern High School bought the old bird for a dollar, restored it, and placed it at Knapp Field where it remains today, visible from Illinois 111 north of Illinois 16 in Macoupin County.

John Badman|The Telegraph The old metal Piasa Chook, restored, continue to stands at Southwestern Substantial Faculty football area in honor of the faculty mascot. The chook was erected in 1984 on the bluff at Norman’s Landing in what is right now Fantastic Rivers Park. A challenge by the Alton-Godfrey Rotary Club, the creature whose title usually means “bird that devours guy” was completed with assist from through the local community. Nationwide Marine Assistance in Hartford donated the steel and labor to sculpt the 9,000-pound legendary creature. Nine local artists served paint the creature, which steps 23 by 40 feet. It was eliminated from the bluff as it commenced to rust and designs have been designed to repaint the Indian artwork on to the limestone bluff nearer to Alton. Southwestern Significant University bought the aged fowl for a dollar, restored it, and put it at Knapp Subject wherever it stays now, visible from Illinois 111 north of Illinois 16 in Macoupin County.

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ALTON — The Piasa Chicken previously uncovered in close proximity to Alton carries on its lifetime beside a Macoupin County football subject.

The steel Piasa Hen was erected in 1984 on the bluff at Norman’s Landing in what is currently Wonderful Rivers Park. A challenge by the Alton-Godfrey Rotary Club at the time, the creation of the creature, whose identify indicates “fowl that devours male,” was done with aid from during the community.

Countrywide Maritime Service in Hartford donated the metal and labor to sculpt the 9,000-pound famous creature. 9 regional artists helped paint the steel chook which steps 23 by 40 feet.


When the artwork commenced to rust, and programs were developed for painting the Indian legend on a limestone bluff closer to Alton, it was offered to Southwestern Substantial University for a dollar.

The restored artwork stands vigil at the school’s Knapp Field and can be observed from Illinois 111 just north of Illinois 16.