Gigantopithecus

Exploring the history of Gigantopithecus, outside Anderson Center

Q: Why is there a statue of a giant gorilla standing behind Anderson Center?

Gigantopithecus

A: "Gigantopithecus" is the work of Hartwick alumnus Kevin Andersen '87. It has stood behind Anderson Center for the Arts since 1987. It is named for an extinct primate discovered by paleoanthropologist Ralph von Koenigswald in 1935. In the popular imagination, Gigantopithecus has long been associated with "Big Foot," "Sasquatch" the "Yeti" and the "Abominable Snowman." Members of the Hartwick community have contributed to a body of folklore around "Gigantopithecus," including, for example, that he roams the streets of Oneonta at night in the spring time, or that he watches over Hartwick students returning to their residence halls at night.