George Tirebiter

Michael Davis

Bloom Walk at Trousdale Parkway. Dedicated February 22, 2006. University of Southern California.

Text from the sculpture/bench:

George Tirebiter was a shaggy mutt who - for a few glorious years in the '40s and '50s - became a beloved Trojan mascot. No one is quite sure when George wandered onto campus, but his feisty personality made him a student favorite as he chased cars and bit tires along University Avenue, not far from where you stand. He was taken to football games in a limousine where he led the Trojan marching band onto the field, often wearing sweaters and odd little hats. He once drew the cheers of thousands when he bit the mask of UCLA mascot, Joe Bruin, on the nose. Rumor has it there is a transcript on file showing George with a GPA of 3.2 in such courses as Chasing Cats 101 and Biting Tires 270. Of all the great USC mascots, none had the bite of George Tirebiter.

Mascot/Fan 2006. Michael Davis, Artist. A Bloom FAmily Gift from Ron Class of 1955, Sandy, Laurie, Mitch Class of 1985. Special thanks to artists Eugene Daub and Jeff Sanders for their assistance in the creation of this public artwork.

"Michael Davis' intent was to create a gathering place for students and alumni to construct and share university traditions. During football season as fans walk to the Coliseum, the artwork will provide a focal point/photo spot where alumni and students can pose with George Tirebiter and touch the cast bronze football for good luck." (Text from Bloom Art Walk brochure produced by the Master of Public Art Studies, May 2006)


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