By Associated Press - Tuesday, September 15, 2020

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) - A Keeper of the Plains replica statue that was taken from a Wichita park over the weekend has been found not far from where it was stolen.

A resident spotted the statue in the grass beside a creek that runs by Colvin Elementary School, said Tessa Brungardt, who manages the Keeper project for Together Wichita. City maintenance workers retrieved the statue Monday evening, the Wichita Eagle reported.

It’s too soon to say what they’ll do about the damaged statue, but they might see if it can be repaired, Brungardt said.

It is one of 13 Keeper of the Plains replica statues, each painted by different Wichita artists. The one that was stolen was painted by local artist Tereza Zardoz.

The 10-foot-tall, 75-pound fiberglass statue, which was pried off its base, had just been put in place two weeks earlier.

The 13 statues were purchased by Together Wichita, a nonprofit made up of businesses that organize and finance projects intended to better the city. The 13 artists were paid $1,000 each to decorate the statues to reflect the neighborhoods in which they’d be placed.

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