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Potter Park Zoo Says Goodbye to Iconic Statue

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The Potter Park Zoo said goodbye to a long standing, Native American statue.

The Whispering Giant stood 29 feet tall for 37 years. In 2005, artist Peter Toth returned to make repairs to the aging statue. It sustained for the following seven years, when zoo officials deemed in necessary to remove due to more damage.

It was a part of a collection of 73 statues in The Trail of the Whispering Giants across each of the 50 states. Each statue represents the physical characteristics, stories and histories of local Native American tribes.

"The sculpture was a dear gift to the zoo," says Dennis Laidler, education curator at Potter Park Zoo. "This is a bittersweet parting; we're sad to see its end, but we're delighted that it was enjoyed for so many years by visitors and staff alike."

Potter Park Zoo is welcoming the public to share memories of the Whispering Giant by emailing photos to zoophotos@ingham.org through December 31, 2012. These photos may be used in a collage for a sign that will be created and installed at Potter Park Zoo in spring of 2013, in appreciation of Toth's gift.

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