Large bison statue in front of K12 Gallery and TEJAS damaged

The executive director of the K12 Gallery and TEJAS said she is reviewing footage from security cameras installed recently after vandalism issues to determine whether a large bison statue in front of their Jefferson Street gallery was blown over by the wind or knocked over.

Jerri Stanard said the cameras were installed about six weeks ago after concrete ducks and a mosaic lantern were toppled over outside the gallery in January. The cameras were donated by Chris Compton with Mood Media, she said.

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The bison statue was found cracked in half and laying in the street shortly after 4 p.m. Sunday. The incident followed a storm with strong winds, and Stanard said she hopes nature is the culprit.

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“It kind of breaks my heart to be honest with you, because we just do stuff all the time to make this a more beautiful place and we don’t have a lot of money, time or effort to make up for somebody’s shenanigans,” she said. “We just don’t.”

“The worst thing is, all the things out here were partially made by juvenile court kids, inner-city kids, kids that have gotten into trouble, that needed to do something better.”

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She said the statue was on loan from Mark Parker, owner of Westside Auto Sales. He acquired it from The Greene Town Center, where it was part of a fiberglass menagerie that once decorated the outdoor mall, and gave it to the gallery about five years ago.

We will update this story when new details are available.

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