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Each year since 1947, a 3-foot-tall, 1,200-pound bronze cherub mysteriously appears atop the Ayres Clock the day before Thanksgiving and stays there until Christmas Eve.

The sculpture has its roots in drawings created for the 1946 catalog of L. S. Ayres, the city’s premier department store at the time. Advertising artist Virginia Holmes used angel illustrations to fill space in the somewhat sparse, post-war catalog and they became a hit. With its 75th anniversary approaching in 1947, the

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Medium type: Bronze

Date created: 1947


SW corner of Meridian and Washington Sts., Indianapolis, IN, 46204

Associated artists

David Kresz Rubins
David Kresz Rubins


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