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'George the Bison' rededicated in downtown Lafayette

The bison statue was damaged in a wind storm last year. Since then, artists have been working to restore it.

Posted: May 3, 2021 5:04 PM
Updated: May 4, 2021 9:51 AM

LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) — A piece of downtown Lafayette art is back after a restoration project.

"George the Bison" sits at the corner of Third and Columbia Streets on the courthouse square.

The bison statue was damaged in a wind storm last year. Since then, artists have been working to restore it.

The statue is now reinforced so it can withstand the elements, and it was rededicated Monday.

Lorie Amick is one of the artists who helped put George back together.

She said she's glad to see him back downtown.

"It is a piece of Indiana history," she said. "The bison is on our Indiana State seal. Plus he's a fun character. It's fun to have him out here by the courthouse. I think he makes the courthouse maybe a little more friendly for kids."

In case you were wondering, George was named after George Winter.The famous Indiana artist lived in Lafayette for the last 26 years of his life.

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