Indianapolis Cherub Appears Like Clockwork

Indianapolis Cherub Appears Like Clockwork

The return of the cherub marks the beginning of the holiday season. Not familiar with the story behind the cherub? It’s a good one, I promise.

LS Ayers Clock

Located on the corner of Washington and Meridian Street, the cherub sits upon the bronze clock. The bronze clock was recently restored in 2016 by Indiana Landmarks Association. It is unknown when the clock stopped working, but we are glad to have it back! Did you know it was designed by Kurt Vonnegut Sr?

Life of the Cherub

The cherub first appeared in a holiday catalog for the LS Ayers department store back in 1946. Customers fell in love with the cherubs that the store commissioned a sculptor, David Rubens, to create the cherub for the 75th anniversary of LS Ayers in 1947. Did you know the cherub is 1,200 pounds? That’s a BIG cherub.

The cherub is said to “watch over” the city until December 24th, when Santa takes over.

Crazy enough, the cherub went missing in 1992.  The city bought the building from May Department Co when it closed, but apparently did not think to check for the cherub. The cherub traveled all the way to St. Louis to sit in a warehouse. A warehouse is certainly not a place for a beautiful cherub to live, and the people of Indianapolis were outraged when the cherub did not show up for it’s debut in 1992.

Rumor has it that the cherub was misplaced in the warehouse. I’m not sure how one goes about losing a 1,200 pound statute, but hey, crazier things have happened. 

After two weeks, the cherub was returned. He is now under the custody of Downtown Indy. He has appeared on the LS Ayers clock ever since. 

I am thrilled to see the cherub return every year. Have you been down to visit yet?



  1. November 29, 2017 / 10:27 am

    I love the cherub story! Thanks for sharing- I think everyone needs to know all about it! I need to get down there to see it.

  2. November 29, 2017 / 10:33 am

    I didn’t know any of this! So cool. Thanks for sharing and keep the fun history facts coming!

  3. November 29, 2017 / 11:25 am

    I always love that story! It’s such a wonderful part of our cities history. Thanks for sharing it, everyone needs to hear it!

    Cathy of

  4. November 29, 2017 / 5:18 pm

    I’ve always loved this story. Haven’t seen it yet…time to take a trip downtown 🙂

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