Hill City foundry to repair toppled Clinton statueRAPID CITY (AP) — A bronze statue of President Bill Clinton could be back in Rapid City soon after it was taken to a Hill City foundry for repairs, officials say.
RAPID CITY (AP) — A bronze statue of President Bill Clinton could be back in Rapid City soon after it was taken to a Hill City foundry for repairs, officials say.
Officials are trying to determine what caused the life-size statue to topple onto its side Thursday.
“It’s really pretty much a mystery. No clues whatsoever,” said Dallerie Davis, City of Presidents committee spokeswoman.
Police Sgt. Cliff Peterson doubts law enforcement will ever learn how the statue fell over, but he has a theory: an intoxicated person.
“There’s no way we’re ever going to find out who pushed it over,” Peterson said. “Those things attract a lot of interaction.”
Peterson said late-night bar patrons often sit on or hang off the statues.
Because of the way the statues — which weigh between 300 and 500 pounds each — are attached to the concrete sidewalk, Peterson is not convinced it was vandalism.
A large intoxicated person who lost his or her balance while leaning on the statue might have caused it, he suggested.
Kristen Donnan Standard of Black Hills Bronze in Hill City said the Clinton statue arrived Friday morning with a dent in its right back shoulder and broken welds.
She said it appeared the statue was vandalized.
“It’s not a dent that you would get if you just fell on the sidewalk. He’s got an injury that indicates blunt force of some kind,” she said.
“It was hit by something heavy, that’s all we can say.”
Davis said the statue could be back at the corner of St. Joseph and Seventh streets sometime next week.
“I’m not going to tell them how to mount their statues, but it almost seems like there’s got to be a better way of doing it,” Peterson said.
Donnan Standard said the statue was mounted according to industry standards.