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updated: 4/1/2014 1:35 PM

U of I's Alma Mater will soon head back to campus

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  • In this July 10, 2012 file photo, the iconic University of Illinois statue Alma Mater, created in 1929 by artist Lorado Taft,  in Urbana..

      In this July 10, 2012 file photo, the iconic University of Illinois statue Alma Mater, created in 1929 by artist Lorado Taft, in Urbana..
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URBANA -- The University of Illinois' Alma Mater sculpture will return to campus next week after a year and a half away.

Campus spokeswoman Robin Kaler told The News-Gazette in Champaign that the 85-year-old sculpture will begin its trip home from Chicago early on the morning of April 9 and be back in place on the corner of Wright and Green streets later that day.

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The 10,000-pound bronze sculpture was created by artist Lorado Taft. Generations of students have had their photos taken with it.

But the university sent the statue away in 2012 for cleaning and restoration work.

The university will provide updates on the Alma Mater's progress via Twitter and webcam.

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