Suspects identified in sculpture vandalism case


Photo: Rebekka Brown/Iowa State Daily

Two suspects have been identified in the case of the May 22 defacement of two sculptures. Fabric attached to “Marry Me”, a metalwork sculpture by the American artist Bill King, was damaged in the incident.   

Katherine Klingseis

The ISU Police Division has identified two suspects in the case involving vandalism to two sculptures in the Anderson Sculpture Garden near Morrill Hall.

The vandalism occurred just after 1:30 a.m. on May 22. Surveillance video showed four individuals on bikes approaching the sculptures. Two of the individuals damaged the sculptures by ripping fabric off of them and urinating on one of the sculptures.

The two vandalized sculptures were created by artist Bill King. They were named “Marry Me” and “Satisfaction.” The cost to repair the sculptures is $2,500. 

Lt. Elliott Florer of the ISU Police Division said that the ISU Police have identified two possible suspects in the case. The suspects were identified after the police received a few phone calls and some anonymous tips.

“We have a pretty good idea who [the vandals] are,” Lt. Florer said.

Before closing the case, however, the police must overcome a few obstacles.

“Where we’re running into a problem is other people who have information have been hesitant in coming forward and going on the record for the case,” Lt. Florer said. “We’re just not getting a lot of cooperation from people who have information about the case.”

Lt. Florer said the case is still open and the police will continue to work to move the case forward.

“The case is still under investigation,” Lt. Florer said. “If people have information, we would just like them to come forward, so we can close this case up.”