- Associated Press - Monday, October 27, 2014

BAY CITY, Mich. (AP) - A 1,000-pound ArtPrize entry has been installed at a Bay City courthouse to commemorate National Adoption Month.

“Protect our Children,” a statue depicting a mother whale and her baby, was created by artist Karl Kruzell of Fraser Township. Although it didn’t win the Grand Rapids art competition, it impressed officials in Bay City.

Probate Court Judge Karen Tighe told The Bay City Times (https://bit.ly/1DkrEsg ) the statue aligns with the mission of her court, to repair families and bring children back home.

“It fits more perfectly in here than I originally thought,” Tighe said. “It’s so great.”

The statue is meant to honor the victims of the December 2012 shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut. The 8-foot long piece of art was crafted with wood, carbon and stainless steel and took Kruzell about two years to complete.

“I think coming up with a way to move it and install it is more difficult than the actual piece itself,” Kruzell said.

A six-man crew used a make-shift crane to install the statue on Friday.

“Protect our Children” is expected to be displayed at the courthouse through April, and will then be moved to the planetarium in downtown Bay City.

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Information from: The Bay City Times, https://www.mlive.com/bay-city


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