SIOUX CITY | Sioux City Police are searching for a piece of downtown art believed to have been stolen in late June.
The "Goddess of the Grapes," a piece of Sculpt Siouxland's permanent collection that sits in the 500 block of Fourth Street, was taken around the end of June, according to a Wednesday morning post on the Sioux City Police Department's Facebook page.
This is the second time the statue has gone missing in the past two years. Police said Sculpt Siouxland waited to make a report, hoping the statue would turn up like it did when it was stolen in September 2015 and turned up a few days later sitting on a bench near the entrance of the Sioux City Art Center.
The 18-inch statue was made by Minnesotan artist Deb Zeller and is owned by Sculpt Siouxland. Sioux City Art Center curator Todd Behrens told the Journal Wednesday that while the value is hard to pinpoint, it lies between $3,000 and $5,000.
Behrens said while some of the downtown sculptures have been vandalized in the past, he can't remember another being stolen. He said the "Goddess of the Grapes" may have been targeted because of its small size and the weakness of its attachment to its base.
"When it returned to Sculpt Siouxland (in 2015), we worked with the artist to create a more solid connection, but we need to make it stronger if she's going to return outside again," he said. "We’re certainly hoping it gets returned."
Anyone with information on the missing sculpture can call CrimeStoppers at 712-258-TIPS.