'The Leaping Wall' Sculpture Vandalized In Columbia College Park

Mike Krauser
August 09, 2018 - 2:29 pm

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CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- Chicago Police caught a man who vandalized a large concrete sculpture in the South Loop on Tuesday.    

It happened in the Columbia College sculpture park at 11th and Wabash. A vandal mangled the faces on a sculpture called “The Leaping Wall.”  It depicts three werewolves from an eastern European fable, each six feet tall, leaning against a stone wall, one reading a stone book. Their snouts have been smashed to bits. 

“I think its terrible," one man in the park said.

A woman passing by said, “sad and senseless.”

Construction workers across the street witnessed the vandalism. They said they saw a man taking a large rock to the sculpture and called 911.

One who witnessed the man holding the rock said, “Terrible. Someone took a while to make that look nice and someone destroyed it in five seconds.”

Ginny Zic-Schlomas, is the Director of Security at Columbia.   She was in the park taking pictures of the vandalism. 

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“I understand this has been here for about a dozen years?” WBBM Newsradio asked.

“At least,” she said, adding, “It’s just very sad, very sad.”

Police caught the suspect almost immediately.

WBBM Newsradio told the man wasn’t right and was being evaluated.