Vandals disfigure mammoth statue along Highway 60 in Jurupa Valley – San Bernardino Sun


Eddy the Mammoth, the iconic statue that greets drivers of the Inland Empire from a hill as they drive through Jurupa Valley on Highway 60, has been disfigured by at least 10 gallons of gray, brown, white and yellow.

“So the Grinches live in Jurupa,” wrote Otie Braden, who sits on the board of directors of the Jurupa Mountains Discovery Center, in a Facebook post.

Wes Andrée, the centre’s executive director, said in an interview that someone broke into the center late Monday December 20 or early Tuesday December 21 and splashed paint on the back and sides of the mammoth statue Colombian.

  • Wes Andree, Executive Director, examines the paint splattered on the Eddy the Mammoth statue after it was vandalized at the Jurupa Mountains Discovery Center in the Jurupa Valley on Wednesday, December 22, 2021. (Photo by Watchara Phomicinda, The Press-Enterprise / SCNG)

  • Wes Andree, Executive Director, stands in front of a paint-splattered Eddy the Mammoth at Jurupa Mountains Discovery Center in Jurupa Valley on Wednesday, December 22, 2021. (Photo by Watchara Phomicinda, The Press-Enterprise / SCNG)

  • Wes Andree, Executive Director, inspects the Eddy the Mammoth statue after it was vandalized at the Jurupa Mountains Discovery Center in the Jurupa Valley on Wednesday, December 22, 2021. (Photo by Watchara Phomicinda, The Press-Enterprise / SCNG)

  • A bird sits on Eddy the Mammoth’s trunk after being vandalized at Jurupa Mountains Discovery Center in Jurupa Valley on Wednesday, December 22, 2021. (Photo by Watchara Phomicinda, The Press-Enterprise / SCNG)

  • A paint can hangs from a rope on the back of Eddy the Mammoth after it was vandalized at the Jurupa Mountains Discovery Center in the Jurupa Valley on Wednesday, December 22, 2021. (Photo by Watchara Phomicinda, The Press-Enterprise / SCNG)

  • Yellow paint is left on a dry paintbrush near Eddy the Mammoth’s base after it was vandalized at the Jurupa Mountains Discovery Center in the Jurupa Valley on Wednesday, December 22, 2021. (Photo by Watchara Phomicinda, The Press-Enterprise / SCNG )

  • Jurupa Mountains Discovery Center tour guide David Huxley shows Eddy the mammoth a paint bucket in the Jurupa Valley on Wednesday, December 22, 2021. (Photo by Watchara Phomicinda, The Press-Enterprise / SCNG)

  • Wes Andree, Executive Director, examines the paint splattered on Eddy the Mammoth after his vandalism at Jurupa Mountains Discovery Center in Jurupa Valley on Wednesday, December 22, 2021. (Photo by Watchara Phomicinda, The Press-Enterprise / SCNG)

  • Paint splashed on Eddy the mammoth’s back after being vandalized in Jurupa Valley on Wednesday, December 22, 2021. (Photo by Watchara Phomicinda, The Press-Enterprise / SCNG)

  • Wes Andree, executive director, examines the paint splattered on the Eddy the Mammoth statue after it was vandalized at Jurupa Mountains Discovery Center in Jurupa Valley on Wednesday, December 22, 2021. The iconic 20-foot-tall statue was vandalized earlier this week, and the center is trying to raise money for the repairs. (Photo by Watchara Phomicinda, The Press-Enterprise / SCNG)

“The Colombian mammoths were the mammoths that roamed this region,” he said.

Officials from the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department could not be reached immediately on Wednesday morning, December 22.

However, Andrée said it appears that vandals threw a rope at the statue, tied paint cans to the end of the rope one at a time and pulled the rope until the paint spilled onto the statue. the back and sides of the mammoth. He said a piece of rope had caught “his back” and was still there on Wednesday. A paint can was tied to the end and hung about 10 feet above the ground.

“It looked like someone was cleaning the paint off their garage and thought that was a great way to do it,” he said. “There are splashes everywhere. The whole area is a mess.

The center is trying to raise several thousand dollars to cover the cost of repairs, which could be carried out at the end of the week, Andrée said, according to the weather forecast. At a minimum, the statue will need to be pressure washed, he said, and it may need to be repainted.

“At this point, there doesn’t appear to be any structural damage,” he said. “It’s mainly cosmetic.”

This isn’t the first time that Eddy – and “he’s getting very picky about the correct spelling of his name” – has been disfigured, Andrée said. On a few occasions over the past few years, graffiti was applied to his legs and stomach, but could be wiped off relatively easily. The damage this week is worse and repairs will require a lot of expense and effort, Andrée said.

“It was not done on a whim,” he said. “Someone planned this – which is unfortunate.”

Andrée said that was also unfortunate given that Eddy is a landmark near “the entrance to the Inland Empire, Riverside County”.

Braden, in his post, urged people to contact the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department “if you hear / see someone bragging on social media.”

The sheriff provides police protection in the Jurupa Valley under a contract with the city. Braden also urged people to contact the center at 951-685-5818 if they are able to help in any way.


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