In 1922, there was a shy dance student at California's Venice High School named Myrna Williams. She, along with other students, was asked to pose for a new lawn sculpture by the school's art teacher Harry Winebrenner. The resulting sculpture, of a woman with her head looking up to the sky and her left arm outstretched, was named "Inspiration." She rested on the front lawn of the high school as Ms. Williams became screen legend Myrna Loy. Almost a century later, the Los Angeles Times reports that Loy has returned to the school in a new sculpture.

For years, she greeted students daily. She even found her way to the big screen like her human counterpart. In the hit musical Grease, part of which was filmed on the school's campus, she is visible just after the credits, as John Travolta meets up with his T-birds after their summer of lovin'. In the coming years, however, her existence wasn't so ritzy. As the Times outlines, she fell prey to pranks by rival schools, she was painted a myriad of colors, vandalized, disfigured, and even had her head blown off with explosives. In the '80s she was restored twice, her arms bent towards her body, to help limit damage, which didn't solve the problem. "In 1989, the sculpture was placed in protective custody, enclosed in a protective iron cage as part of a last-ditch effort to save her." But it came to the point where she could not be restored, and in 2000, was removed from the lawn and put in storage.

But for the last decade, alumni have been plotting her return, and after raising more than $140,000, they commissioned sculptor Ernest Shelton to bring her back. On Saturday, she returned as a "vandal-resistant bronze protected by thorny rosebushes." Let's hope those foolish vandals don't get their hands on her this time.
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