Sculptor Says City Failed To Maintain His Artwork
by KDLT News
August 02, 2013 3:56 PM
An artist who donated one of his sculptures to the city of Lead says the figure is broken because the city did not take proper care of it.
Sculptor Ira Olson donated "True Trust" to the city in 2005. It's an alabaster sculpture of a mountain lion and a wolf that's on display near the Homestake Visitor's Center.
Olson says he had an agreement with the city that the sculpture would be sealed and protected from the weather.
Alabaster is a soft stone that is easily damaged. City Administrator Mike Stahl says there was no such agreement and there are no documents to back Olson's assertion.
Mayor Jerry Apa says the city should repair the sculpture and find a more suitable place for it.