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Archive for Friday, May 29, 1998

VANDALS TARGET LOCAL SCULPTURE

May 29, 1998

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A southwest Lawrence landmark known by many as ``the buffalo'' has withstood 10 years of weather, but it was the victim of another attack Thursday morning.

Two youths spray painted the limestone sculpture with red paint, then eluded police after a brief chase.

``There were two white males, one standing on the back of the buffalo and the other one was near the side of the buffalo,'' said police Sgt. George Wheeler.

Both the boys were painting the sculpture, which was completed during a Kansas Sculptors Assn. ``team carve'' that brought together James Patti and others in the community.

Patti, director of the association, stood by the buffalo Thursday morning after hearing about the vandalism. Patti said the textured surface on the front of the buffalo can probably be pounded with a bush hammer to chip off the paint. A bush hammer resembles a meat tenderizer.The smooth hindquarters of the sculpture, however, may need to be cleaned with a solvent or sandblasting.

Wheeler said one of the boys is 5 feet 6 inches tall, weighing about 135 pounds with brown hair. He has long hair and was wearing a blue T-shirt and blue shorts. The other one is about 5 feet 4 inches tall, about 125 pounds, with brown hair. He was wearing a black T-shirt and dark shorts. Police estimate they are about 15 years old.

-- Chris Koger's phone message number is 832-7126. His e-mail address is ckoger@ljworld.com.

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