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‘The Boy and Bear’ part of fundraising campaign

Associated Press

Southfield — A suburban Detroit arts commission has started a fundraising campaign to recoup money spent on a sculpture displayed at a popular shopping mall for more than 60 years.

Southfield officials say the Free the Bear development campaign includes a public crowdfunding component and corporate underwriting.

The city acquired artist Marshall Fredericks’ “The Boy and Bear” and other public art last year from Northland Center’s court-appointed receiver for $500,000. The city borrowed money from different funds.

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The sculpture depicts a boy riding on a bear’s back and Southfield says it had been at Northland from the mall’s 1954 opening to its closing last year.

Its new home will be the Southfield Public Library.

Contributions from the campaign also will be used for a permanent art fund in Southfield.