Sculpture Damaged in Crash

Sculpture was damaged in collision Sunday night (Photo by Pat Blair)
Sculpture was damaged in collision Sunday night (Photo by Pat Blair)

An on-loan sculpture in Sheridan's public arts program was damaged when a driver lost control of an SUV on Sunday night.

Sheridan Police Sgt. Tom Ringley said the collision happened shortly before 8 o'clock at the corner of Main Street and Coffeen Avenue. He said the driver suffered minor injuries, and was cited for driving at a speed greater than reasonable. He said he could not release the driver's name.

The damaged sculpture was one of those in front of the Downtown Sheridan Association offices. Association Executive Director Beth Holsinger said the piece, which is called “Cloud Racer,” wasn't too badly damaged, but it has been taken to Sheridan's City Hall for storage.

Edre Maier is chair of the Sheridan Public Arts Committee, which oversees the public arts program. She was contacted Monday afternoon, and said she was trying to contact the artist who created the sculpture. She said the piece can be repaired, but she wants direction from the artist on the best way to proceed. The sculptor is Erik Melson of Bozeman, Mont.

The arts committee chair said the SUV jumped the curb and came up onto the sidewalk in front of the building. Sculpture in the arts program is loaned to the city and is for sale. Several pieces in the past have been purchased by Sheridan residents who either keep the pieces for their own homes or businesses or donate the statues. The arts committee chair said the damaged sculpture has been listed for sale at $15,000.

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