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Stolen Native American Osage Woman Sculpture
to be Fully Restored
A GoFundMe page has been created to help cover costs.
Under the cover of darkness on a night in early August, thieves removed the 7-foot, 400 pound Native American Osage woman sculpture from the Francois Chouteau & Native American Heritage Fountain in Kansas City’s Northland. Within a few short days after she went missing, law enforcement, with the help of community partners, recovered her. Sadly, though, she was found in pieces. The would-be metal scrappers had her long enough to chop her up, but fortunately, not long enough to sell or melt her – although a few small sections of the statue were not recovered.
After consulting with the sculptor and the foundry, it appears that the sculpture can – and will be – restored her to her original beauty. “There are no funds in the budget for this expense,” explained Chouteau Fountain Founders Chairman Dick Davis, “so we partnered with the City of Fountains Foundation to create a GoFundMe page to help cover the extra costs.” Donations are tax deductible, and all contributions will be earmarked solely for the restoration and return of the Osage woman statue to the site.