A streak of colorful tigers has been seen around Columbia recently, and one was painted by Fulton artist Scott Kronk.
The 10 fiberglass sculptures - all painted by local artists and sponsored by local businesses - are part of Tigers on the Prowl, a fundraiser designed to benefit local charities ranging from The Food Bank of Central and Northeast Missouri and Special Olympics to Ronald McDonald House and True North.
Supporters cast $1 votes for the tiger and charity of their choice, with 75 percent of the proceeds to go to the charities and 25 percent to the artists.
Kronk's tiger, titled "The Greatest Generation," benefits Central Missouri Honor Flight and sports a flag cape - "like superheroes" - as well as a purple heart, an image of the World War II Memorial, a WWII-era bomber on one hip and a jet on the other.
He said he was careful to keep the symbols as generic as possible so the sculpture could serve as a tribute to all veterans and not one particular military branch.