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Source: The Ram

  • Monument Name

    The Ram Statue, UNC (Chapel Hill)

  • Type

    Sculpture

  • Subjects

    Animal Monuments

  • Creator

    Kent Ullberg, Designer

    Kent Ullberg, Sculptor

  • City

    Chapel Hill

  • County

    Orange

  • Description

    A bronze statue of a muscular ram, standing on a cobblestone base with its front left foot stepping forward, gazes towards the sky. On the front of the stone base is a plaque. The statue weighs approximately one ton, and is said to be the largest statue of a ram in the world. It stands nine feet tall on top of the four foot tall platform. Irwin Belk commissioned the statue to honor and inspire UNC’s athletes.

  • Inscription

    THE WORLDS LARGEST RAM / PRESENTED TO THE UNIVERSITY AND / ITS ATHLETIC TEAMS WITH PRIDE BY / IRWIN BELK - CLASS OF 1945, / WILLIAM IRWIN BELK - CLASS OF 1971, / MARILYN BELK WALLIS - CLASS OF 1975, / CARL G. BELK - CLASS OF 1982, AND / ANNE REYNOLDS BELK - CLASS OF 1985. / Dedicated: November 18, 2002 / Sculptor: Kent Ullberg.

  • Custodian

    The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

  • Dedication Date

    November 18, 2002

  • Decade

    2000s

  • Geographic Coordinates

    35.907420 , -79.049270 View in Geobrowsemap pin

  • Supporting Sources

      "A Ram for a Mascot?," UNC History and Traditions, (accessed May 17, 2012) Link

      "Rameses (mascot)," Wikipedia, (accessed May 17, 2012) Link

      "Selected Commissions," Kentullberg.net, (accessed February 1, 2011) Link

      "The Ram," The Carolina Story: A Virtual Museum of University History, (accessed January 25, 2011) Link

      "World's Largest Ram Unveiled In Front Of Kenan Football Center," Tarheelblue.com, (accessed January 26, 2011). Link

      Ranasinghe, Eshanthi, and Ruthie Warshenbrot. "Belks Donate Large Ram Statue to Stadium," The Daily Tar Heel, November 19, 2002, (accessed January 27, 2011) Link

  • Public Site

    Yes

  • Materials & Techniques

    Bronze statue, stone base

  • Sponsors

    Irwin Belk, William Irwin Belk, Marilyn Belk Wallis, Carl G. Belk, and Anne Reynolds Belk.

  • Monument Cost

    The family who donated declined to reveal how much they spent on the statue.

  • Monument Dedication and Unveiling

    John Montgomery, head of the Educational Foundation, and Director of Athletics Dick Baddour both spoke at the dedication. Irwin Belk and his son Carl Belk were the only Belk family members present at the unveiling

  • Nickname

    Ramses, The Bighorn Ram

  • Subject Notes

    The Ram mascot of UNC came into fruition in 1924, when Vic Huggins, head cheerleader at the time, suggested the idea to the athletic director and received $25 to purchase a ram. Jack Merritt, the star of the 1922 football team nicknamed the "Battering Ram," was the inspiration for the mascot. Huggins purchased a ram from Texas and it was first introduced for the 1924 VMI game. With the game scoreless at both ends in the fourth period, Carolina's Bunn Hackney stopped to rub the ram's head for good luck before taking a field goal which resulted in a 3-0 victory for the Tar Heels.

  • Location

    At the entrance of Kenan Football Stadium on UNC’s campus, facing outwards, where it greets the crowd as they enter the stadium.

  • Landscape

    The sculpture sits at the entrance of Kenan Football Stadium on The University of North Carolina's campus in Chapel Hill.

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