Hatched baby sculpture “non-repairable”

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LA CROSSE, Wis. (WXOW) – The artist who created the recently vandalized Hatched Baby sculpture says his creation is not repairable.

La Crosse Mayor Mitch Reynolds said the city had been in contact with artist Wolfgang Auer after the sculpture was vandalized earlier this month. Based on the images of the damage sent to Auer, Reynolds said the artist responded that the artwork cannot be repaired.

Mayor Reynolds has said that in the absence of repairs, the sculpture will not be returned to where it was installed on the South Lawn of City Hall.

According to La Crosse police, an officer returning to the department on Sunday morning, September 12 at around 7.17 a.m. found that the Hatched Baby sculpture had been damaged and the face of the statue stolen.

The face was found the next morning in the yard of a residence in the 1000 block of King Street.

Auer, an artist from the sister city of La Crosse, Friedburg, Germany, created the sculpture which he says was inspired by the anxieties after the birth of his daughter. He had loaned the work to the city several years ago.

In a statement Wednesday afternoon, Mayor Reynolds said he apologized to Auer on behalf of the community for the vandalism and “urged him not to think that the actions of a few represent our community as a whole “.

Police have yet to make any arrests in the destruction of the sculpture. Mayor Reynolds said any information from the public on those responsible would be welcome.

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