MU's Tiger Spot gone

May 14, 2012

More than 10 years after it was created, the Tiger Spot mosaic in front of MU’s Ellis Library was torn apart and hauled away Monday morning.

The mosaic was first unveiled in October 2001, but quickly deteriorated. MU Spokesperson Christian Basi says the school decided to simply remove the mosaic when they determined it had deteriorated beyond repair.

“We haven’t determined how much it will cost in part because we didn’t know what tools would be needed to remove it so –  we had a range but we didn’t know the exact cost.”

Paul Jackson the artist who created the work, sued MU last year claiming they ruined the work. The University will pay Jackson $125,000 to relinquish his artist rights and drop his litigation. The MU Art and Artifacts Committee will assess the site and discuss ideas for what might go there next