Tiger mosaic is gone from MU campus

Columbia Tiger mosaic gone from MU campus

After years of controversy, crews on Monday hauled away the “Tiger Spot” mosaic, which depicted the University of Missouri’s Tiger mascot.

The mosaic was unveiled in front of Ellis Library in 2001, but the 380,000 tiles that made up the tiger’s head were cracked and damaged. A tarp had covered the work since 2007.

Artist Paul Jackson sued the university early last year, alleging that university crews ruined his work by not properly caring for it.

The university blamed Missouri weather but eventually paid Jackson $125,000 to relinquish his rights to the mosaic. That allowed the university to remove it.

The Associated Press