A thief or thieves have made off with a bronze statue from a Salt Lake City park, the eleventh large bronze artwork stolen in the county in five weeks.
Sometime Friday, a large statue of a buck (male) quail and its chick on skates was stolen from Davis Park, about 900 S. 2000 East, according to the Salt Lake City Arts Council. Roni Thomas, public arts program manager for Salt Lake City, has contacted local metal recyclers in the hope that someone will recognize the sculpture so it can be returned safely.
The statue, Skating to Fly, is only the latest heist of bronze artwork after someone snatched 10 life-size bronze statues of children from an outdoor Sandy art gallery. The crime spree began the last weekend of October with the theft of a statue of a boy from outside the Hill Gallery & Sculpture Park entrance, 9045 S. 1300 East.