Fish sculpture poached from iconic IU fountain

August 12, 2010

Vandals at Indiana University have gone fishing again.

A bronze fish that is part of the Bloomington campus's Showalter Fountain is missing just a year after it was replaced following an absence of more than 20 years.

The fish was originally taken during the celebration of IU's 1987 NCAA basketball championship. A sculptor used photographs of the iconic fountain to recreate the fish, and the university replaced it last August during a $57,000 fountain restoration.

IU art curator Sherry Rouse says she was notified Aug. 1 that the 400- to 600-pound fish was missing. She says the theft shows the need for a security camera focused on the fountain.

IU still has the mold for the fish, but replacing the sculpture could cost thousands.


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