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Vandals damage sculpture at Ardmore arts center

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ARDMORE, Okla. -- The work of world renowned artist Jesus Moroles has been vandalized at The Goddard Center in Ardmore.

Repairs may not be possible.

"It's just a super big disappointment that children would do this to one of his pieces," said colleague and fellow sculptor Jan Tindale. "He received the National Medal of Arts in 2008, which is the highest honor an artist can get, and so it was a valuable piece because he made it."

Moroles died last year in a car accident as he was traveling to a project. And just weeks ago, his studio in Rockport, Texas, was demolished by Hurricane Harvey.

"Another blow to a beautiful man, and a beautiful man's career," Tindale said.

Jesus Moroles plaque
Signs of vandalism litter the plaque at Jesus Moroles' Disc Sun sculpture at the Goddard Center in Ardmore. (KTEN)

Grainy surveillance footage at the Goddard Center shows a group of people trying to remove the Disc Sun sculpture from its base on Tuesday night.

Damage was done to the granite artwork; Goddard Center staffers said the 1999 sculpture, which is worth thousands of dollars, may not be repairable.

It was installed in Ardmore in 2008.

"In the sculpture garden we have other pieces there outside for the people to enjoy, so we just hate to see them damaged," Goddard Center director Ken Bohannon said.

No suspects have been named. Call Ardmore police if you can assist their investigation.

Jan Tindale with Disc Sun
Artist Jan Tindale (right) with Jesus Moroles' vandalized Disc Sun sculpture. (KTEN)

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