The staircase is not a mascot, but a metaphor for something.
Obviously, adoption of Scala has been hampered by the lack of a mascot.
Also obviously, there is a special mode of poetry for addressing what is inanimate as though it were animate.
Community members have dogs and cats and birds who might make great mascots. My spouse hates pets, so we have no pets. I used to have four dogs and two cats before my life went south. Such is life.