'Fat Happies' Will Stay

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    Jamie SCott Lytle/North County Times
    The Fat Happies sculpture in Fallbrook.

    They're called "The Fat Happies" - two sculptures dancing on a grass area at the corner of Fallbrook Street and Mission Road.

    Artist Barrett DeBusk loaned the piece to the city of Fallbrook in May 2008 as part of its Art in Public Places program. Soon, it became apparent that the people of Fallbrook really loved their happy dancers.

    The kids at nearby Mike Choat Center for Early Childhood Education weren't the only ones enamored with the piece, according to the North County Times. Someone secretly decorated the sculpture with balloons and other things throughout the year.

    So city leaders decided to launch a grass-roots campaign to actually buy the piece. The problem? The piece cost $30,000.

    In an agreement with the artist, the Art in Public Places program would pay only $6,000 and the artist and his agent would donate the balance, the paper reported.

    Just days before the deadline, the money came through. Residents donated more than half of the $6,000 and donors Otis and Linda Heald made up the difference arts center director Mary Perhacs told the nctimes.

    Now, "The Fat Happies" will have be a permanent fixture in Fallbrook. Reason to do "The Happy Dance."