Downtowners strolling by The Little Professor at Third and Main this week have done a double take as they passed the bronze statue – the young academic appears to have reached puberty and now sports a bushy, black mustache.
No one seems to know who modified the Streetscape scholar, but fingers are pointing at Register columnist Chuck Cecil, whom the sculpture strongly resembles and who, it is rumored, posed for it.
Created by Georgia artist Gregory Johnson, The Little Professor became a fixture in the downtown area in 2010; it pays tribute to the city’s town-and-gown relationship.
Other statuary in Brookings has gotten special attention in the past. During a snowstorm a few years ago, someone came to the aid of the cowboy sitting in front of the historic railroad depot, dressing him in a warm, winter overcoat.
Photo: Ken Curley/Register