ELKHART — A life-size elk statue that was auctioned off in 2011 to benefit a local nonprofit organization is missing one of its antlers, but the staff at Child and Parent Services does not know whether it was vandalized or unintentionally damaged.
The damaged statue is a colorful piece named “Block Party” painted by artist Jeff Stillson. It has been on display at Walker Park on the northeast side of Elkhart.
CAPS events coordinator Stacey Anderson said the organization is working to get the statue repaired as soon as possible. If the antlers are not returned intact, CAPS will likely have to replace the entire statue, she added.
“That’s really troubling,” she said. “Everybody is usually really respectful of them.”
CAPS recently added three new statues to its herd of 32 elk placed throughout the county. The statues were part of a fundraiser in June that raised more than $460,000 for the organization’s programs and services for families.
Anyone information about the damaged statue is asked to call Elkhart police at 295-7070 and CAPS at 295-2277.
“We’re really saddened by this, and we are definitely taking anonymous tips, just anything to solve the case of the missing antlers,” Anderson said. “We try to teach kids to respect everybody’s things and respect yourself, and this clearly is evidence that this individual didn’t understand the idea of respecting the community’s elk. It’s really sad.”