- Associated Press - Wednesday, May 18, 2016

SOUTHFIELD, Mich. (AP) - An unveiling and a public reception are planned as part of a suburban Detroit arts commission fundraising campaign to recoup money spent on a sculpture displayed at a popular shopping mall for more than 60 years.

The unveiling for people donating to the Free the Bear development campaign will be held Thursday at the Southfield Public Library. The public reception is scheduled Monday.

Southfield acquired artist Marshall Fredericks’ “The Boy and Bear” and other public art last year from Northland Center’s court-appointed receiver for $500,000. The city borrowed money from different funds.

The sculpture depicts a boy riding on a bear’s back and Southfield says it had been at Northland from the mall’s 1954 opening to its closing last year.

Its new home will be the library.

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