Outdoor sculpture vandalized

Just two days after the sculpture "Trefoils in Motion" first adorned the corner of 11th and Massachusetts streets, sculptor Stephen Janesko discovered Sunday that his piece had been vandalized.

Janesko, Tonganoxie, discovered about 9:30 a.m. Sunday as he was driving by the courthouse that one of two cloverlike sections, or trefoils, had been broken off his sculpture.

The sculpture was installed at the southeast corner of the intersection near the courthouse about 10 a.m. Friday, Lt. Kathy Tate said.

Janesko said it appeared that someone had jumped on the 275-pound, cast steel sculpture until a 2-foot section broke off. The sculpture was valued at $1,500. The damage to the sculpture was estimated at $300.

Janesko said he planned to fix the sculpture to have it ready for display by Tuesday or Wednesday before the grand opening of the 15th annual Downtown Outdoor Sculpture Exhibition.

"Trefoils in Motion" is one of eight sculptures to be featured throughout the year as part of the exhibition. Janesko is the only area sculptor in the show.

Jeff Ridgway, Lawrence arts commissioner and chairman of the Downtown Outdoor Sculpture committee, said vandalism was not new to the exhibition. Janesko's piece is the 24th sculpture to be vandalized in the exhibition's 15 years.


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