TULSA, Okla. (AP) — A bronze statue depicting one among Oklahoma’s most well-known Native American ballerinas was reduce from its base outdoors a Tulsa museum and bought for scrap to a recycling firm, authorities mentioned Monday.
Museum officers say the Five Moons statue of Marjorie Tallchief was doubtless eliminated Thursday from its plinth outdoors the Tulsa Historical Society, the Tulsa World reported.
Museum officers obtained a name Monday from CMC Recycling in southwest Rogers County to determine what was believed to be items of the bronze statue, the newspaper reported.
Michelle Place, director of the Tulsa Historical Society and Museum, checked out the recovered items late Monday morning and verified that they got here from the statue.
“The Tulsa Police Department is working diligently to apprehend the thief,” the historic society mentioned in a press release.
Pieces of the statute, together with the pinnacle and a part of an arm, are nonetheless lacking.
Place mentioned the unique mildew for the statue burned in a foundry hearth, so recreating the statute will probably be rather more difficult.
“I am devastated by this,” she mentioned.
The statues often called the Five Moons have been created by Tulsa-area artists Monte England and Gary Henson. England labored on two of the items earlier than his demise in 2005, and Henson accomplished the mission.
The different Five Moons statues of famend American Indian ballerinas depict Yvonne Chouteau, Rosella Hightower, Moscelyne Larkin and Maria Tallchief, Marjorie Tallchief’s sister.