Lake Oswego Gallery Without Walls sculptures damaged by vandals
Two sculptures that are part of Lake Oswego's Gallery Without Walls exhibit — "Anillos" by artist Maria Wickwire and "Living Water II" by Sharon Warman Agnor — were significantly damaged by vandals between July 17 and 19, the City announced in a press release Tuesday.
The incidents were unrelated, according to the City. In the first case involving "Anillos," which took place July 17, police arrived and found the sculpture essentially broken in half, and a suspect was quickly identified.
That case has been referred to a Clackamas County Grand Jury, according to the City. Lake Oswego Police Lieutenant Darryl Wrisley told the Review that the suspect, who admitted to damaging the sculpture, appeared to be mentally ill and LOPD is not naming him at this time. It is also unclear if the suspect will be prosecuted.
At some point overnight between July 18 and 19, "Living Water II" was also damaged.
"It looks like someone just grabbed the top and pulled it over," Wrisley said. "And they broke one of the main glass ball pieces in there."
There were no witnesses, but Wrisley said police were able to verify that the suspect in the first case was not in the area when "Living Water II" was damaged.
"We're 100 percent sure he didn't do the other one," Wrisley said.
"Living Water II," which is valued at $12,000, has been determined to be unrepairable. "Anillos," which the City bought for $7,000 in 2007, was severely damaged but will be further evaluated by the artist."They will see if there's some way to salvage it, or maybe take a mold and do a bronze statue," Wrisley said.
"Anillos" won the Gallery Without Walls People's Choice award in 2007. "Living Water II" is one of four pieces Agnor has had in the Gallery Without Walls.
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