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You may recognize Brett Harbour from around Indianapolis. Whether you have seen him at one of his art installations, walking his pup, or maybe even giving you a jump start when your car wouldn’t start, Brett is an all-around nice guy who is continually helping others. He’s a good friend of mine and he had his van stolen this weekend. His van was not just a vehicle, but his home. That gray Ford Econoline had his entire life in it: tools, money, clothes, paperwork, his computer with all his past and current projects, and even dog food for his pup, Tars.
Many don’t know this, but Brett served in the Army in the 875th Engineering Battalion in Iraq. He was injured when his armored vehicle was sweeping for mines and one detonated, tossing the vehicle and permanently injuring his back. After Brett's honorable discharge, he began to pursue his love for art. He attended Herron School of Art and Design in Indianapolis, focusing on sculpture. Before and after graduation, Brett has continued to make large pieces that you can see around Indy and other parts of the country.
When Brett woke up Sunday morning to find his van—his home—gone, he was devastated. I could feel the sadness breaking through his voice over the phone. The only reason Brett wasn’t in the van, is because he was house sitting for a friend who was out of town. The only thing they didn’t take from him was his dog, who was with him. They even stole his Veterans plate, most likely to use on another stolen vehicle.
After driving around Sunday, we found the van abandoned in Fountain Square. The window was smashed, the ignition broken, and most of his possessions stolen.
Brett already had a rough go of it over the last year. He originally bought the van and outfitted it for a trip to California. Unfortunately, when he got there, his plans fell through and he had to come home unexpectedly. Once back in Indy, he started living out of his van, working on a plan to get back into sculpture production.
So now I am asking everyone for their help to get Brett back on his feet! We want to help replace the items taken from his van, but hopefully raise enough to help him get another space for creating large sculptures again. I would love to see Brett back at it following his passion and being self-sustaining as he was before. He is a solid guy, and a great friend to everyone. Please help us get him back on his feet.
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