Goodyear Unveils Texas-Sized Tire Sculptures to Celebrate Cotton Bowl Classic
To honor the hard work, determination and grit that the University of Wisconsin and Western Michigan University exhibited to reach the Goodyear Cotton Bowl Classic, The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company today revealed massive sculptures of each team's mascot – built from more than 500 Goodyear tires.
The sculptures, standing over six feet tall and weighing up to 400 pounds each, were unveiled in Dallas with special guest and Cotton Bowl Hall of Fame member, Keyshawn Johnson. The mascot artwork will be centerpieces at various festivities in Dallas leading up to the game at AT&T Stadium on Jan. 2, and will then be gifted to the schools.
The hard-fought drive and effort of the Wisconsin and Western Michigan players, coaches and fans to make it to the Goodyear Cotton Bowl Classic is something we are proud to recognize through this artwork," said Seth Klugherz, Goodyear's director of North America marketing. "Creating these unique sculptures – made entirely of tires – is an authentic extension of Goodyear's pride for our role in college football, and the perfect way to congratulate these great teams and build excitement for the game."
Goodyear worked with tire artist Blake McFarland to handcraft the one-of-a-kind sculptures in the likeness of Wisconsin's mascot, Bucky Badger, and the Western Michigan Bronco, which required 925 feet of tire rubber to build.
"It's an honor to bring together my two passions, tire art and athletics, to create these sculptures on behalf of an iconic brand like Goodyear for an equally iconic bowl game like the Goodyear Cotton Bowl Classic," said McFarland, whose team spent 300 hours building the sculptures in San Jose, Calif.
"Goodyear is deeply invested in college football and in enhancing the bowl game experience for fans, as evidenced by the brand's out-of-the-box thinking on how to honor the University of Wisconsin and Western Michigan University with tire art that will be a highlight of this week's celebratory events," said Michael Konradi, Goodyear Cotton Bowl Classic chief marketing officer.