Ind. (AP) — A bronze fish stolen three years ago from Indiana
University's iconic Showalter Fountain has been recovered by school
officials in less than pristine condition.
water-spewing fish recovered this week is ragged and has "been
beaten to death," campus art curator Sherry Rouse told The
got glass in it and paint on it and it smells a little of beer and less
wonderful smells," Rouse said.
fish is believed to be a replacement for one that vanished during IU's
raucous 1987 national basketball championship celebration. The
replacement was stolen from the fountain in 2010.
fish was recovered from an undisclosed location not in Bloomington by
school officials who offered immunity from prosecution after an
Instagram photo of the sculpture was posted online.
person born and raised in Bloomington saw the picture and replied: 'You
know what that is, don't you?' And the picture came down
immediately," Rouse said.
hopes to have the fish restored and back on the fountain in time for
this month's Little 500 weekend on April 19. She said she's already
spoken with Venus Bronze Works, the company that refurbished the
fountain and its centerpiece in 2009.
company said it would work on the fish at no charge "if I could
just get it to them, which was a nice gesture," she said.
aren't any fish in the fountain now.
took them out prior to the Big Ten championships," Rouse said.
"An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure."