Art sculpture

A vandalized art sculpture in Tahoe

SOUTH LAKE TAHOE, Calif. (KOLO) – The South Lake Tahoe Police Department is searching for the man who destroyed an art sculpture outside Cowork Tahoe.

“I was devastated,” said Cowork founder David Orr. “You know, a lot of work went into getting the necessary permits to get this artwork out there and show some of our local artists in a very visible way. You know, it was really meant to be a gift to the community.

It happened around 7:30 p.m. on Sunday July 25. In cellphone video recorded by a witness, the suspect appeared to try to climb onto the “turning wood” artwork, but his weight caused him to collapse.

“I’m just disappointed with people’s behavior,” said Malcolm Tibbetts, the artist behind the sculpture. “He spins the first one, and it spins well. Then he breaks the second, and instead of just leaving, he passes and spins the third.

It was part of a larger project created by Tibbetts in 2017; taking him thousands of hours to complete. It was one of three pieces he loaned to Cowork Tahoe, to be displayed outside the building on Harrison Avenue.

“When it was damaged, it was really an attack on the community,” Tibbetts added. “I mean, sure, I own the parts, but it was part of the city. It was part of our community.

Many community members reached out, offering to help fund a replacement. In the meantime, they’re hoping someone recognizes the suspect and contacts South Lake Tahoe police.

“When you’re a tourist and you’re here on vacation and having fun with your buddies, you know you always have to be respectful of the environment that’s here,” Orr added.

The suspect is described as a white male in his late 20s or early 30s, about 5ft 9in tall and weighing 210lbs. He wore a blue and white tie-dye shirt.

If you have any information, contact SLTPD at 530-542-6100.

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