Iconic sculptures representing a time-gone-by in Columbus are returning to charm a new generation.
A celebration from 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday will welcome back whimsical bronze sculptures of a little boy and little girl who for years could be seen — captured in time — along what is now Bartholomew Consolidated School Corp.’s fountain in the 1200 block of Central Avenue.
The event at the school corporation headquarters will also welcome back a car sculpture commissioned by Arvin Industries to commemorate the grand opening of its former headquarters building, which eventually became the BCSC administration building.
The sculptures of the little boy, known as “Frog Pond,” and the little girl, “Lilly,” won’t be identical to the two sculptures that some residents recall fondly. Originally, “Frog Pond’s” companion was “Puddles” — both of them commissioned by the late James Baker, former Arvin Industries chairman.
However, “Puddles” was stolen in 2012, leaving “Frog Pond” alone for several years until the district decided to remove him from his spot near the fountain while a replacement for “Puddles” was commissioned.
Linda Peterson, who created the little girl sculpture now known as “Lilly,” said it was important for her to develop the piece as one that people would remember.
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