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Snow sculpture destroyed by vandals

A snow sculpture being constructed on the Minnesota State Mankato campus mall was damaged sometime late Friday or early Saturday.

2011-02-15
By Robb Murray, Free Press Staff Writer [published in The Free Press, Mankato, MN, 2/14/2011]

Year of the Rabbit-Big Ideas snow sculpture showing vandalism damageA snow sculpture being constructed on the Minnesota State Mankato campus mall was damaged sometime late Friday or early Saturday.

The sculpture, by artist and Minnesota State Mankato graduate Jesse Ellerbroek, was still in progress when he left the site Friday. When he returned Saturday morning, a large portion of the planet earth portion of the piece had been hacked away, as had the muzzle on one of the rabbits.

The sculpture was paid for by the IMPACT Team, Minnesota State Mankato's student activities office. The sculpture’s concept was twofold. It features a pair of rabbits sitting back to back — to reflect it is the year of the rabbit — which appear to support a light bulb, the rotund portion sculpted into a globe to reflect the Minnesota State Mankato motto, “Big ideas, real-world thinking.”

Police were notified and a report was taken. They may review surveillance footage to identify possible suspects. Damages were estimated at $1,600.

The sculpture was 12 feet high and 8 feet in diameter.

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