Santa Fe works to place tail of the donkey statue mysteriously stolen

The Associated Press
May 21, 2014 09:34 AM

This undated photo provided by the city of Santa Fe, Artist Taylor Mott looks over"Homage to the Burro," sculpture by artist Charles Southard in Santa Fe, N.M. The City of Santa Fe Arts Commission is working Mott to reconstruct and replace the tail on the sculpture. Last week officials noticed that someone broke the tail off of the sculpture and vandals also tagged the wall on a building nearby. Mott is moving forward with fabricating a replacement tail for the artist’s review and approval. When approved, the tail will be welded in place (AP Photo/The city of Santa Fe)

SANTA FE, N.M. - The New Mexico city of Santa Fe is working to replace the tail mysteriously stolen off its well-known metal donkey statue.

The Santa Fe Arts Commission said Tuesday it's working with artist Taylor Mott to reconstruct and replace the tail on the burro sculpture.

The metal sculpture stands at one end of Santa Fe's Burro Alley.

Police have no clues on any possible tail bandits and are offering a $1,000 reward.

The sculpture by artist Charles Southard is part of the city's collection of about 75 pieces of public art and was commissioned in 1988. It's valued at $12,500.

Mott is working to create a replacement tail for the artist's review and approval. When approved, officials say the tail will be welded in place.


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