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Unveiling of refurbished Toomer’s Corner eagle statues scheduled for Friday

A worker chips away at the mortar at the base of one of the two marble eagle statues at Toomer's Corner last November. The restored eagles will return to their perches on Thursday.

The Toomer’s Corner eagle statues will return to their perches sometime Thursday and will be officially unveiled Friday at 10 a.m. as part of A-Day weekend festivities, according to a source with The Lathan Company, the Mobile-based historic preservation company in charge of the statues’ restoration.

In November, the marble statues were removed and sent to Washington D.C. for cleaning and refurbishing. The statue on the West Magnolia side of the Auburn campus entrance at Toomer’s Corner was somehow de-beaked following Auburn’s 2011 season-opening football game against Utah State, the weekend that saw the return of rolling Toomer’s Corner. Soon after, the right wing of the other statue was also damaged.

The 200 hour, $20,000 restoration project revealed possible evidence of previous vandalism. At some point since their installation, the front of the eagles were tagged with red “aerosol type” paint, presumably by rival fans. Tests revealed the paint was applied at least 30 years ago. The red was painted over with whatever color becomes a weathered marble eagle statue.

Auburn’s Office of Communications and Marketing is expected to release further details about the unveiling event later today.

Photo by Kenny Smith.

Related: Auburn installs remaining Heisman statues.

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