- Associated Press - Wednesday, May 13, 2020

LOGAN, Utah (AP) - A $5,000 marble sculpture has been found resting in a grassy field in northern Utah about two weeks after it was stolen from a local art business, authorities said.

The 400-pound (181-kilogram) sculpture was found intact near Collinston Friday by two people on their morning jog who reported it to authorities, The Herald Journal reported.

“It’s kind of a happy end to the story,” sculptor Andrew Keith said. “I couldn’t believe it. I wasn’t expecting to see it again, but I’m glad that it showed up.”

The Utah State University alumnus and artist spent up to 100 hours crafting the “Daring Dancer” sculpture as part of his final project to complete his Bachelor of Arts.

The damage appears to be minimal and could be repaired in six hours, Keith said.

“There’s probably some chips and dings on the surface just from them moving it,” Keith said. “It looks like they just pushed it out of the back of their truck on the side of a dirt road.”

It is still unclear who took the sculpture and what the motive was.

Keith originally had planned on presenting the piece at a juried outdoor sculpture show in Loveland, Colorado, but the show was cancelled amid the coronavirus pandemic, he said.

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