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Chicago gets replica of World's Fair-era sculpture

Published: Thursday, Oct. 3, 2013 7:10 a.m. CDT

CHICAGO — A replica of a statue sculpted for the 1893 World's Columbian Exposition has been installed in a Chicago park.

The dedication of the sculpture Wednesday came more than 50 years after the original bronze figure was stolen and never found.

According to the Chicago Park District, the statue, called Fountain Girl, was sculpted by English artist George Wade as a commission by the World's Christian Temperance Union. The piece was intended to provide "pure drinking water" as an alternative to liquor at Chicago's World's Fair.

It was moved several times over the next few decades before being stolen in the late 1950s.

Starting in 2007, the park district, Lincoln Park Conservancy, private donors and the state of Illinois raised money to replace the statue. It's now located in Lincoln Park.

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