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.
âSo the Grinches live in Jurupa,â wrote Otie Braden, who sits on the board of directors of the Jurupa Mountains Discovery Center, in a Facebook post.
Wes AndrÃ©e, 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.
âThe Colombian mammoths were the mammoths that roamed this region,â he said.
Officials from the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department could not be reached immediately on Wednesday morning, December 22.
However, AndrÃ©e 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.
âIt looked like someone was cleaning the paint off their garage and thought that was a great way to do it,â he said. âThere 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, AndrÃ©e 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.
âAt this point, there doesn’t appear to be any structural damage,â 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, AndrÃ©e 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, AndrÃ©e said.
âIt was not done on a whim,â he said. “Someone planned this – which is unfortunate.”
AndrÃ©e 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.