SANTA FE, N.M. — It took a little heat, but the patient, wood-carrying donkey at the south end of Santa Fe’s Burro Alley has a new tail.
Replacement of the tail, broken off by vandals who have not been caught yet, is costing taxpayers $3,960, together with a few other repair jobs on the sculpture, according to Jodi McGinniss Porter, spokeswoman for the city of Santa Fe.
Taylor Mott designed and attached a new tail Tuesday morning, along with three hooves that needed repair. Graffiti marring the creature’s coat also was removed.
In a week or 10 days, sealant also will be applied to help preserve the piece, which originally was created by artist Charles Southard, McGinniss Porter said.