SUNY Cortland used Homecoming Weekend to reveal a new landmark on campus, and a new symbol for the Red Dragons. The stainless steel sculpture is based on the school athletics logo and stands about 10 feet tall and 26 feet long and smoke pours out of its mouth. It stands in front of the stadium complex on Lankler Drive.
Vela wanted to give back to school, and hopes this monument to Red Dragon Pride will inspire other SUNY Cortland alumni to show their support.
Oldfield felt the same, wanting to show appreciation for SUNY Cortland, which he feels gave him his start.
Along with teaching, he is a partner with Ben Cottom at the Summerhill Sculpture Center which mixes outdoor sculpture with the beauty of nature.
The new monument, his biggest ever sculpture, has already become an iconic spot for photos.
Video Link: SUNY Cortland Ceremony
Listen: X101’s John Eves speaks with Mike Vela and Scott Oldfield