Feathers clipped from Glenwood eagle sculpture
Anyone with information on the vandalism should call 970-384-6500 or submit a tip online at http://glenwoodpolice.com/crime-tips.
Just days after sculptor Chuck Weaver succumbed to chronic obstructive pulmonary disease at the age of 76, someone vandalized his piece on display in downtown Glenwood Springs.
The sculpture, a $26,000 ouroboric bronze eagle titled “Raptoround: Standing Proud,” was initially selected as part of the annual art around town, then renewed for another year at the request of the Glenwood Springs Center for the Arts. Sometime before Oct. 16, the prominent tail feathers were cleanly severed and stolen.
The sculpture stands at the southeast corner of Ninth Street and Grand Avenue.
Dee Weaver, the sculptor’s widow, lives in Fort Collins but was in town that weekend to spread Chuck’s ashes up McClure Pass.
“Glenwood is very special to us. We took our kids up there constantly,” she said.
The trip meant she had a chance to see the damage firsthand.
“It’s just disheartening. It’s so senseless,” she said. “Why now, of all times?”
Dee remembers her husband designing the first Raptoround, a table sculpture about a foot high. The wildlife theme was a bit of a departure for Chuck, but proved immensely popular. He later produced a series of miniature versions, and planned 10 of the larger bronzes, of which only four were produced.
“It was just such an awesome piece,” Dee said. “He had a unique talent of capturing emotion, and he was very picky about getting it right. These feathers he worked with for a long, long time.”
Without Weaver, it will be difficult to replace them.
“Now there’s a piece of him that’s gone forever,” said art center director Christina Brusig. “It’s so upsetting to think that someone would ever think it’s OK to damage a piece of art. We’re really trying to find the person who did this.”
If the feathers can’t be recovered, Brusig hopes a replacement can be produced.
“The sculpture is beautiful, and we want it to be complete,” she said.
Another downtown public art piece was also damaged earlier this month, but police do not believe the incidents are related.
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