The 2018 Iron Key Class unveiled it's latest contribution to campus: The Forge

A life-size hammer-and-anvil statue that allows students and fans to step up and literally become a Boilermaker. It’s located on Third Street outside the Krach Learning Center.

Posted: Sep. 22, 2018 8:16 PM
Updated: Sep. 24, 2018 7:07 AM

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) - Homecoming brought a special group of alumni back to campus to unveil a new monument.

It's called The Forge. A life-size hammer-and-anvil statue that allows students and fans to step up and literally become a Boilermaker. It’s located on Third Street outside the Krach Learning Center.

The vision behind the statue is to encourage all those who take hold of the hammer to take charge of their future.

This monument’s conception is thanks to the 2018 Iron Key Class.This is a selected group of Purdue seniors who create a project that will make a mark on the campus for years to come.

They work on this project throughout their senior year on top of being full time students and having other commitments.

Something that always amazes Roger Stewart who is the advisor of the group.

“I don’t think any of them actually sleep,” he said with a laugh. “We have a large number of STEM students in this group that spend a lot of hours in the lab but they somehow figure out a way to work really hard and make this happen.”

He said that is the whole point of the Iron Key organization, to emphasize selflessly giving back to the community.

The students of this group are asked to remain anonymous during their time in the organization.
The purpose is to learn the importance of making a difference without receiving individual credit.

The unveiling was part of the kickoff of Purdue’s 150th anniversary celebration. As the school celebrates this important milestone, Stewart says there is no better time to reveal the student's work.

“As this group decided on their project, as they looked back, they wanted to reflect on the people behind us, the successes behind us, the hard work behind us,” he said.

The group had to fundraise all the money for this project. They raised $45,000 to see The Forge statue come to life.

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