Tuskegee Airmen statues vandalized in Chicago
A set of statues meant to pay homage to the Tuskegee Airmen were vandalized in Chicago over the weekend.
Sunday morning, Chicago Park District employees were seen re-positioning the sculptures, which had been tipped over and broken sometime overnight.
A lime-green piece of fiberglass resin lay in the grass Sunday next to a concrete pad where statues paying homage to the Tuskegee Airmen had stood.
“This one is broken,” said 2-year-old David Molina-Kwan, in Chinese, to his mother as he looked up at the brightly colored statue of an aviator-goggle-wearing kid superhero, one of 13 installed on a grass slope along Chicago’s lakefront. […]
The group of statues is known as “The Watch,” a pop sculpture meant to pay homage to the groundbreaking African-American military aviators, who fought in World War II.
The work by Pilsen-based artist Hebru Brantley was installed on the slope, just north of the Field Museum, in May, according to Pia Johnson, operations manager for Hebru Brand, the artist’s official store.
The installation was previously house along Michigan Avenue, in Pioneer Court.
Brantley is working with the Park District to restore the statues.
Chicago police say they were investigating.
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