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News Wed Feb 20 2008

How Do You Hide That in Your Backpack?

I understand the temptation to steal books from the library (not that I would do it or am advocating it, but I do understand a book’s inherent appeal), but a sculpture outside the library? The Sun-Times reports that the Umanita sculpture adorning the Newberry Library went missing over the weekend. The stainless steel piece, created by Chicago artist Virginio Ferrari, is six feet tall, weighs over 150 pounds and was attached to its marble base with a steel bolt - whoever wanted it clearly went through a lot of trouble to take it. With the sculpture valued at $65,000-$70,000, it’s unlikely the library would have the funds for a replacement, so don’t make it worse by forcing them to replace your stolen books, too.

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