Purdue police investigate missing pencil sculpture from Pickett Park

November 17, 2015  

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - Purdue University police are investigating a report of a missing sculpture at Pickett Park on the northwest edge of campus.

The sculpture, a giant pencil, was reported missing on Monday (Nov. 16) afternoon by a Purdue University Libraries staff member. It is believed to have been missing since at least Nov. 11, said Purdue police Capt. Carol Baunach.

The 12-foot-tall structure, made of cedar wood and weighing about 200 pounds, is worth an estimated $9,000. It was originally placed outside of Beering Hall near the Loeb Fountain in 2010 as a way to highlight the accomplishments of Purdue’s Online Writing Lab. The pencil was relocated to Pickett Park this fall semester.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Purdue Police Department at 765-494-8221. The WeTip anonymous hotline, which is used by all Greater Lafayette law enforcement agencies, also is available at 1-800-78CRIME (1-800-782-7463). 

Writer: Jim Bush, 765-494-2077, jsbush@purdue.edu 

Contact: Capt. Carol Baunach, 765-494-8221, cebaunach@purdue.edu 

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