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It's a really big shoe!

Look! It's a really big shoe -- a Jaguar shoe! If basketball is your thing, then head for downtown Indianapolis to see a parade of traffic-stopping, big basketball shoes. Really big basketball shoes. This display of public art celebrates Tourney Town, USA -- commonly known to Hoosiers as Indianapolis -- as host of several basketball championships during the months of March and April -- the boys' and girls' high school championships, the men's and women's Big Ten Conference championships and the biggest "shew" of all -- the men's NCAA Final Four.

Photo by: Nicole Roales

IUPUI Jaguar shoe

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The display features fiberglass basketball shoes mounted on a platform that measures 7 by 3 feet, with the actual shoe standing at 4 feet tall. Each shoe has a sponsor -- thus the Jaguar shoe, sponsored by IUPUI in honor of its big cat mascot. It also can be seen on IUPUI's events page at http://events.iupui.edu/. The IUPUI shoe can been seen "up close and personal" at the corner of Meridian and Pearl Streets.

Photo by: Nicoel Roales

IU Bloomington junior Kyle Caird, right, talks about his plans for the shoe he designed, called "Big Footsteps to Follow."

IU Bloomington also has a shoe called "Big Footsteps to Follow." It was designed by Kyle Caird, a junior from Elkhart, who is majoring in fine arts and minoring in art history, in a university-wide contest. The shoe's larger-than-life size, and Assembly Hall's smaller-than-life size, illustrate how fans think of their beloved players and court. The shoe also incorporates a state map to remind viewers that IU campuses are all over the state. This shoe can be seen in person just ouside Circle Center Mall. For a look at "Big Footsteps to Follow," go to http://tourneytownusa.com/story.php?id=34.