Hayden Herky

Hayden Herky is completely decked out in his Hawkeye gear, and is a spitting image of the late Hayden Fry. There are three primary colors enveloping this herky:  black, white and gold/yellow. This herky emulates Hayden Fry down to the very last detail, even including the gold framed aviator sunglasses. Hayden Herky is a clear Hawkeye fan, with the iconic tigerhawk logo on his hat, his sweater, and the word “HAWKEYES” on his upper right pant leg. Herky’s attire is an exact replica of one of Hayden Fry’s most well-known gameday outfits.

Cody Ash is the creator behind this Hayden Herky, and he is a graphic designer from Denver, Colorado. Cody received his bachelor’s degree in graphic design from the University of Iowa in 2001, and after graduation he went on to be a lead graphic designer for the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics and for the Iowa Memorial Union. Ash was a creator for many sculptures at the original Herky on Parade. This herky is obviously made to resemble the late Hayden Fry, one of Iowa’s most beloved football coaches in history. The beloved football coach just recently passed away this past December. Hayden Herky was created in 2004, and is now located in a private residence.

Pathos:  Hayden Herky clearly conveys a sense of pathos, which is to remind the passersby of one of the most beloved football coaches in Iowa history. These feelings include respect, grief, integrity and, depending on the person, happiness. For example, take someone who is not very familiar with Iowa football; they may pass this sculpture recognizing that it is modeled after the late Hayden Fry, but without knowing much about the football coach and his accomplishments, they may just feel a sense of respect for the man. To others, this sculpture may bring back happy memories of the Iowa football team in its prime, and they may feel a sense of integrity or even grief for the passing of Hayden Fry. In this situation, the person may also feel a sense of happiness for the times that Hayden Fry shared with our team. 

Ethos:  Ash already had a sense of ethos before creating this sculpture, through his many accomplishments at the University and in his career path. The sculpture itself however, displays a whole other kind of ethos. The name Hayden Fry itself invokes a clear sense of ethos to any hawkeye football fan. This tribute to the late football coach acts on the coaches credibility and how he is known worldwide. Rather than this tribute to the football coach including pictures of him or his victories, instead the Hayden Herky embodies Hayden Fry and his character. However, along with Hayden Fry’s coaching come some of the most successful football players in Iowa’s history. 

Kairos:  This Hayden Herky clearly references a specific time in the University of Iowa’s football history. Hayden Fry was the college’s head football coach from 1979 all the way up until 1998. After his many years of coaching at multiple universities, Hayden Fry was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame. Therefore, when people see the Hayden Herky, they are reminded of the successful years of hawkeye football under the coaching of Fry.

Hayden Herky successfully demonstrates school spirit and pride for the University of Iowa’s football team. By just looking at this herky, if one is familiar with Iowa football they can immediately recognize the impactful football coach in which this sculpture is modeled after. It leaves room for the knowledge of the viewer, and the accomplishments that they associate with the late Hayden Fry. The sculpture also serves the purpose as a tribute to an influential coach in hawkeye football history. There are lots of things that the University of Iowa is known for- football being one of the biggest. In the eyes of the Hawkeye football fan, the name Hayden Fry is probably one of the most well-known and respected.


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