A popular sculpture has been reported stolen from the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum in Chanhassen, Minn. South Wind -- a 42-inch bronze statue created by world-renowned artist Paul T. Granlund -- was illegally removed from the rose gardens sometime between last Thursday, April 16 and Saturday morning, April 18.
Removal of the sculpture from its marble base would require special tools, according to the arboretum. The Carver County sheriff's office is investigating the theft, and DNA samples collected at the scene are being processed.
South Wind features an artist inscription of the number 10. A photo of the sculpture is attached to this story.
"This was a criminal act and we take it very seriously," said Ed Schneider, arboretum director. "With the public's help, we hope to restore this priceless treasure to the Arboretum so that Minnesotans young and old can enjoy it once again."
Anyone with information is asked to call 952-361-1212.