Wednesday, September 3, 2003

Weather wears on artist's creation

The Cincinnati Enquirer

[IMAGE] For the second time this summer, the "Batue of Liberty " by artist Michael Sharp has fallen victim to a downpour.
(Michael E. Keating photo)
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Artist Michael Sharp and his "Batue of Liberty" have had a prime display spot all summer - Fountain Square.

But the square has been something of a jinx for Sharp's Lady Liberty, which was created for the Bats Incredible project that shows off creative uses of baseball bats.

Twice this summer, Sharp's creation has been damaged by heavy rain - most recently over Labor Day weekend.

This time, her bat-grasping arm fell off (it was propped up on a nearby Bats Incredible display made of more durable wood), and some of her green paint washed off.

It may have been better if the good green lady, who contains a lot of papier-mache, had been parked under a roof.

Word is the Batue of Liberty is headed for the Bat Hospital again for repair.

Sharp could not be reached Tuesday for comment.

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