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Officials: No vandalism during 2018 sculpture tour

Eau Claire (WQOW) — Officials behind Sculpture Tour Eau Claire reported no pieces of 2018’s tour were vandalized, paving the way for another great year.

Last year, Eau Claire was home to 54 sculptures, making it the second largest tour of its kind in the country. Many of those sculptures have been removed to make room for 2019’s tour pieces.

In previous years, vandalism had been an issue, but not in 2018. Officials told New 18 they credit police patrol efforts, better surveillance cameras, and their criteria for selecting sculptures.

“They need to withstand winter in Wisconsin for one thing. That’s pretty hard on them as it is, but we really look at, does it have pieces that can be broken off easily?. Our first criteria is, is it safe? Secondly, is it sturdy? Then we look at the art,” said Julie Pangallo, executive director of Sculpture Tour Eau Claire.”

There are already two new sculptures installed for 2019 (One on each end of the Barstow Street Bridge). Pangallo said the rest will be installed on May 9.

Samantha Wensel

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