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Sculpture vandalized in downtown Wichita park

  • The Wichita Eagle
  • Published Wednesday, Jan. 9, 2013, at 8:05 p.m.
  • Updated Wednesday, Jan. 9, 2013, at 8:06 p.m.

A bronze sculpture in a downtown Wichita park was found vandalized on Wednesday, according to city officials.

Wichita police are seeking information on who damaged “Heritage Woman,” a 5 1/2-foot-tall depiction of a nude woman perched over a fountain in Heritage Square Park, 115 E. William.

The life-sized sculpture was discovered lying on the ground Wednesday by a resident, according to a media release from the city. It was off its base and broken in half.

The sculpture was originally perched on an outcropping of stone. The park is located behind the Sedgwick County Historical Museum, near the intersection of Main and William.

City officials are unsure when the vandalism occurred or the cost to repair the statue, according to the release.

“Heritage Woman” is the work of Salina artist Richard Bergen. It was given to the city of Wichita in 1976 by the Junior League of Wichita, a local organization that promotes voluntarism and the advancement of women.

Anyone with information about the statue’s vandalism is asked to contact Wichita/Sedgwick County Crime Stoppers.

Tips can be submitted at 316-267-2111, www.wsccs.com or by texting TIP127 plus a message to 274637 (CRIMES). Information may also be called in toll free at 800-222-8477 (TIPS). Tipsters remain anonymous and may be eligible for a cash reward if their information leads to an arrest.

Reach Amy Renee Leiker at 316-268-6644 or aleiker@wichitaeagle.com. Follow her on Twitter: @amyreneeleiker.

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