The place there have been as soon as three statues — depicting a scene from the founding of Kansas Metropolis, Missouri — one is now lacking on Northeast Chouteau Trafficway close to Northeast Parvin Street.
“Should you go down Chouteau Trafficway, and you are not trying intently, you in all probability would not even discover,” mentioned Mark McHenry, co-chair of the Chouteau Fountain Founders.
Sooner or later this week, somebody sheared the bolts off of the seven-foot-tall, 400-pound sculpture of a Native American lady buying and selling with Kansas Metropolis’s founding father Francois Chouteau.
“To really decide up the whole piece and transfer it that is, that is nearly past comprehension,” McHenry mentioned.
McHenry who helped increase funds for the two-ton memorial honoring Chouteau and Native American Heritage says the statue alone, completed by native sculptor Kwan Wu, is price $80,000.
“It is form of a singular piece,” McHenry mentioned. “I imply, he is the one which sculptured this out of clay, after which the method he changed into a big piece of bronze, and it is fairly frankly irreplaceable.”
He added after they had been designing this monument, they made positive that the bluff was tall sufficient to be sure that nobody can simply scale it. He surmises whoever did this both used a elevate or a ladder to rise up there. One other factor that in all probability helped out the thieves is that despite the fact that these lighting fixtures are in place, they weren’t working on the time.
The interim KC Parks director, Roosevelt Lyons, mentioned KCPD detectives have alerted scrap yard sellers of the theft.
“It isn’t unusual for copper wiring and completely different simply form of items off of a constructing or issues like that to get stolen,” Lyons mentioned. “You do not usually see a complete statue going lacking.”
They hope they will get better the piece complete and discover these accountable.
“If somebody goes by and that is standing in somebody’s entrance yard, or it is of their storage, or on their again patio. Somebody’s going to say one thing — we hope,” McHenry mentioned. “It is form of onerous to cover.”
KCPD is asking anybody with info to name the Shoal Creek Property Crimes Detectives at 816-413-3600. The case detective Steven Downing might be reached at 816-413-3429. Or detective Mark Spiegel might be reached at 816-413-3425.
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