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Tue., Feb. 4, 2014, 8:42 a.m.

CdA Artist Misses Stolen Statues

This was no impulse heist, no random act of vandalism. Whoever took “Kate” – and it took more than one to do the job – schemed, brought the right tools for heavy cutting and absconded with her in the cover of night. “It was an organized attack,” said David Clemons, the Coeur d’Alene artist who created the bronze statue that lit up Riverstone Park near the Spokane River. The theft of public art is always offensive, but this one really stings, Clemons said. “Even though this piece belonged to the city, it’s my city,” he said. “There was a little more sense of ownership here.” He’s seen it happen to his work before. A small mountain goat Clemons made for a granite bench near the city library disappeared a few years back on the Fourth of July/Scott Maben, SR. More here. (SR photo: Artist David Clemons looks at a clay mock-up of two mountain goats on Monday. The bronze version of one of the goats was stolen some time ago from near Coeur d’Alene City Hall)


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D.F. Oliveria
D.F. (Dave) Oliveria joined The Spokesman-Review in 1984. He currently is a columnist and compiles the Huckleberries Online blog and writes about North Idaho in his Huckleberries column.

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