SEK Art Fest Footballs Moving Off Broadway

By Bryan McLoone |

Published 09/01 2014 03:43PM

Updated 09/01 2014 06:21PM

PITTSBURG, KS. --- After two more incidents of vandalism on the SEK Art Fest footballs in Pittsburg over the last three days, the statues are officially off Broadway.

"Friday morning, we were notified that one of the footballs had been damaged," says Leslie Harris, SEK Art Fest Chairperson. "Sunday, we also got notified, another one had been damages. We need to put a stop to it."

In June, 24 football statues were put on display around southeast Kansas, with a majority of them on Broadway in Pittsburg. Today, volunteers worked to move the art work off the street.

"We're thinking, the drinking and the late hours is what's contributing to um, the inconsideration that's going on here," says Harris.

This weekend's incidents of vandalism count as number three and four since the footballs were put out for this year's SEK Art Fest. And almost two months since the first football, Harris' statue, was damaged.

"It was just like that's enough. We can't keep doing this and allowing this artwork to be damaged," says Harris.

Even though the footballs were taken off of Broadway, they are still on display somewhere else in the city, for people to see.

"It was just kind of a phone call, uh this morning. Hey can we use this? And, the mall have offered us the space so that we can showcase them all," says Harris.

Harris says she feels safe with the footballs in the mall. But more importantly, the statues can stay on display for people to see.

"I just felt it was very important for it to continue on for the community to see it, um, because that's what we did it for. And uh, so hopefully this will be a good arrangement until our auction," says Harris.

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