Local company offering free plants on Wednesday

INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) – This week is National Plant Week and in honor of the occasion you can get a free plant Wednesday.

Engledow Group will be giving away 3,000 plants from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Monument Circle.

When you come to pick up a plant, you can speak with an Engledow Group plant expert about all your indoor plant questions. Plants will come with a card that talks about the benefits of an indoor plant. * A blog post on www.Engledow.com will have more in-depth information on how to take care of your plants.

At the event there will be local food trucks so you can enjoy lunch on Monument Circle. Food trucks include, Greiner’s Sub Shop, NY Slice and Scout Treats.

Lael George, Director of Interior Plant Services for the Engledow Group stopped by 24-Hour News 8 to talk more about the event. Click the play button on the video player above to learn more.


Shoe art by Kokomo native stolen from northern Indiana museum

SOUTH BEND, Ind. (WISH) — A shoe by an Indiana native was stolen Saturday from a northern Indiana art museum.

South Bend Museum of Art is seeking help to find the thief of a shoe from the piece titled “Welcome Knives,” part of an exhibit by Kokomo native Chris Francis that’s traveled to other U.S. museums. His work has been described as wearable architecture.

The shoe disappeared between 2 and 5 p.m. Saturday while the museum was open. The museum staff and city police are reviewing surveillance video from the Century Center to gain a lead. South Bend’s show called “Chris Francis: Modern Bespoke 21st Century Shoe Art” is in the downtown Century Center through April 5.

Francis, who grew up in Kokomo and now lives in Los Angeles, said in a statement that he was “saddened to be informed that someone has chosen to steal the piece ‘Welcome Knives’ from the exhibition. The shoes exhibited are all documented and catalogued works of art that have shown in many museums. Every shoe in the exhibition is one of a kind, with no others in existence making them very different than shoes we find in stores.”

Francis has created shoes for runway shows and for celebrities, including Lady Gaga and the members of Kiss and The Sex Pistols.

His work was displayed late last year on the Purdue University campus.

Anyone with information was asked to call the South Bend Police Department at (574) 235.9201 or contact the South Bend Museum of Art via email at info@southbendart.org, or through the museum’s social media accounts: Facebook, @SouthBendMuseumofArt; Twitter, @southbendart; Instagram, @southbendart.