The City of Santa Fe Arts Commission is working with Santa Fe artist Taylor Mott to build a new tail on the sculpture “Homage to the Burro,” located in Burro Alley after it was discovered last week that someone broke the sculpture tail off and took it.
The walls in Burro Alley, where the metal burro stands, also were tagged with graffiti.The work dates from the 1980s and is is by artist Charles Southard. Mott will fabricate “a replacement tail for the artist’s review and approval,” a city press release said.
“When approved, the tail will be welded in place,” the news release says.
The Arts Commission decided to go ahead with general maintenance workon the burro in addition to the tail replacement and Mott will be fixing some minor rust and resealing the sculpture. The cost estimate to replace the tail is $3,000, said city spokeswoman Jodi Porter.
According to the release: “The City of Santa Fe is asking anyone with information on the vandalism to the beloved burro … to please contact the Santa Fe CrimeStoppers at 505-955-5050. The sculpture by artist Charles Southard is a part of the city’s collection of public art and was commissioned in 1988. It’s valued at $12,500.”