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Louisianans rescue sculpture by WMU artist

Feb. 25, 2005

KALAMAZOO--Citizens in Al Lavergne's home state of Louisiana have rescued and restored a 1984 work by the Western Michigan University sculptor and professor of art and have given it a place of honor on the grounds of a Lafayette-area visitors center.

Lavergne created "Miss Rose's Bar" for display at the 1984 World's Fair in New Orleans. Following the exhibition, the sculpture fell on hard times and was discovered in 2002, rusting in a field near Basile, La. Lafayette residents used donations and volunteer labor to restore the piece. Last fall, community leaders gathered for a dedication and installation of the large, outdoor piece on the grounds of the Lafayette Convention and Visitors Commission headquarters.

Lavergne grew up and went to school in the area. His works are exhibited throughout the state.

Media contact: Cheryl Roland, 269 387-8400, cheryl.roland@wmich.edu

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