Daily Reporter staff reports
GREENFIELD — It’s a sight not seen in Indiana since the 1900s.
Bison are springing up all over the state, and Greenfield is not immune to the invasion. The Indiana Association of United Ways is coordinating the effort to bring large fiberglass bison to all 92 counties in Indiana as a legacy project for Indiana’s upcoming bicentennial.
Greenfield’s bison features paintings by local artist Deborah Smith and other volunteers. They painted the fiberglass bison in shades of brown, and on the back, Smith painted a design highlighting the county’s natural and agricultural history.
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Scenes include a family of bison grazing near a mastodon as well as more familiar sights — images of grain silos and the Covance building, Tuttle Orchards, the round barn in McCordsville and Greenfield’s bald eagle nest.
“I wanted it to represent all corners of Hancock County and our rich agricultural history,” Smith explained. “It’s really a neat thing to celebrate the bicentennial with a symbol of our heritage, which serves as a canvas to showcase so many beautiful things about our community.”
The bison will be stationed near city hall at the corner of State Road 9 and U.S. 40.