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Fundraiser aims to recreate arts center’s stolen lampposts

August 25, 2018

LAFAYETTE, Ind. (AP) — A northwestern Indiana arts group is raising money to replace a pair of 1920s bronze lampposts that were stolen this summer.

The heavy ornamental posts dating to 1926 were stolen from outside Lafayette’s Wells Community Cultural Center in mid-July and sold to local scrapyards.

Police recovered some parts of the lampposts, which had greeted visitors arriving at the center. It’s the home for dozens of arts and culture groups.

The Tippecanoe Arts Federation launched a crowdfunding effort on Wednesday that will pay to recreate the lampposts from those parts and replace the missing sections by studying photographs of the originals.

The Journal & Courier reports the group hopes to raise $25,000 to have a fabricator recast, pour and recreate the ornate, 6-foot lights


Information from: Journal and Courier, http://www.jconline.com

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