(INDIANAPOLIS) - The cherub is back in downtown Indianapolis.
The statue, created in 1947 by the L.S. Ayres company, sits atop the landmark clock in downtown Indy. Julia Watson with Indianapolis Downtown, Inc. says the arrival of the cherub is a magical process.
The cherub appears on Thanksgiving Eve and watches over holiday shoppers until Christmas Eve. The cherub made its first appearance in an Ayres catalog in 1946.
There was a period in the early nineties when the cherub did not appear downtown after the May Department Store Company purchased Ayres and moved the cherub to its headquarters in Saint Louis. After a major outcry from Central Indiana residents, the cherub was returned to Indy in 1994.
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