- Associated Press - Thursday, May 28, 2015

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. (AP) - A 300-pound solid bronze statue of Eve worth $30,000 has been stolen from Indiana University’s Arboretum.

The biblical figure’s one leg was sawed with a power tool and the other leg broken away at the ankle, authorities said. Just the statue’s two feet and a small base remained, which university officials removed along with a statue of Adam that they felt was at risk, The (Bloomington) Herald-Times reported (https://bit.ly/1FPZlqO ).

“An Adam without an Eve is a sad thing,” IU’s curator of campus art Sherry Rouse said Wednesday. “We’re kind of in a bad place, because we just don’t have any clue where she is. So, now we’ve just lost a valuable sculpture.”

Authorities believe the theft happened between 5 p.m. Friday and 7 a.m. Tuesday during the Memorial Day holiday weekend. Rouse said it appears the thieves first tried to pull the statue from ground at the base and when that didn’t work they used the power tool.

Retired IU South Bend fine art professor Anthony Droege made the statue and donated it to the Bloomington campus.

The statue is a loss if it’s not returned because there is no mold to recreate it, Rouse said.

Anyone with information is asked to contact university police.

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Information from: The Herald Times, https://www.heraldtimesonline.com


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