Restored Adam and Eve return to Indiana University
August 14, 2012 4:26PM
Updated: August 14, 2012 11:04PM
BLOOMINGTON (AP) — A landmark sculpture is back in place on Indiana University’s main campus after one of its statues had storm damage repaired.
The life-sized nude Adam and Eve bronze statues have been returned to their traditional spot on the edge of Dunn’s Woods on the Bloomington campus, The Herald-Times reported Tuesday.
The statues were removed last summer because a tree fell on Adam during a May 2011 storm, causing a large dent to the head, a broken ankle and platform damage.
Eve emerged unscathed, but was removed with Adam because it was apparent the statue would need resurfacing to match its mate, IU art curator Sherry Rouse said.
“They should look like a couple,” Rouse said.
The artwork titled “The Space Between: Adam and Eve” was created in the late 1960s by IU professor Jean Paul Darriau, who died in 2006.
Venus Bronze Works of Detroit repaired the statues at a cost of about $14,500, which included fixing some previous damage to Adam that previously had not been detected. Most of the cost was covered by insurance that also addressed other damage from the 2011 storm that hit with 65 mph winds and damaged at least 300 trees on the 1,900-acre campus.
“I imagine the students will be happy to have Adam and Eve back,” Rouse said. “It’ll give them somebody to dress up — which they often do.”