DALLAS—For the second consecutive year, Goodyear has commissioned tire artist Blake McFarland to create larger-than-life tire sculptures for the teams participating in the Goodyear Cotton Bowl Classic.
Each of this year's sculptures—of Ohio State University's Brutus Buckeye and University of Southern California's Tommy Trojan—stands more than six feet tall and weighs between 200 and 300 pounds, Goodyear said.
McFarland, a former Major League baseball pitcher turned sculptor, invested more than 375 hours in the sculptures, which serve as centerpieces to the festivitives leading up to the Cotton Bowl Classic on Dec. 29. For the project, McFarland used more than 400 Goodyear tires.
"We received a tremendous response from college football fans last year when we introduced the Wisconsin Badger and the Western Michigan Bronco, and we are pleased to again celebrate college football in a way that only Goodyear can," said Seth Klugherz, Goodyear's director of North America marketing.
After the game, the sculptures will be donated to the participating schools and will be installed on their campuses, the tire maker said.
The Goodyear Cotton Bowl Classic will kick-off at 8:30 p.m. EST and will be televised on ESPN.