November 19, 2012 Indianapolis Power & Light Company (IPL) is dusting off an old tradition and creating a new one for the holiday season. Borrowing from the popular animated displays that once graced the storefront windows of L.S. Ayers in Downtown Indianapolis, IPL will dress its windows on Monument Circle with some of those very items that delighted families for decades, in addition to some newly created scenes right out of Norman Rockwell. For more than 40 years Norman Rockwell’s holiday paintings were showcased on the cover of the Saturday Evening Post. The Christmas spirit that Rockwell captured touched the heart and soul of all Americans young and old. Now, some of those nostalgic scenes will come to “life” in three-dimensional interpretations of the classic Rockwell holiday images the artist originally created on canvas.Visitors to the IPL windows will see Santa reading letters filled from children all over the world in “Santa at his Desk” (1935), a moving rocking horse in “Gramps at the Reins” (1933) and a child playing his trumpet in “Boy Practicing Trumpet” (1950). They’ll also see an old-fashioned stove with a flickering “flame,” a rolling toy train and much more.And speaking of trains, a section of the iconic Santa Claus Express that hauled generations of kids around the tracks inside the Ayers building is on loan from the Indiana State Museum for the display. In addition, visitors will see other Ayers memorabilia, including a table, chairs and tableware from Ayers’ famous Tea Room and few of Santa’s elves.Not even IPL’s employees have seen what has been blocked from their view and the public’s view while the exhibits are being installed. The IPL lobby already is a popular holiday destination with its photo-op holiday tree covered with thousands of LED lights.IPL’s new “gift” to downtown visitors will be unwrapped at noon on Friday, Nov. 23, joining the 50th Circle of Lights Celebration on Monument Circle. And who knows? Maybe someday families will be recalling the days they used to come downtown to check out the window displays at IPL.For more information, please contact IPL representative Zach Dunkin at 317.393.7584 or email@example.com.
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