"Sad day for public art," says the tweet from @ClarkCountyNV: "The lion @ Decatur has been stolen & the alligators vandalized. A police report will be filed."
FIELD NOTES: The golden lion with reflector eyes watched over by seven small pink alligators was created by Chris Bauder for Clark County's public art programming. Titled "NIght Eyes," they were victims of an art crime. They sat at Flamingo and Decatur. The lion has been lifted and alligators damaged. It may be more than a County issue. As an art object funded by public monies the Federal Art Crime Unit may qualify this as an art heist.
ADD MAY 2: The lion was recovered and returned, waiting to be claimed, so reports the R-J:
As suspected this can be read beyond an ordinary prank. An art work lifted, even if 86ed in the desert, has higher legal protection. Also from the R-J: "Erik Pappa, a spokesman for the county, called the statue 'priceless' and said the thief may face a felony larceny charge if caught."
Above: Stephen Hendee created sculpture for the celebration of 30 years of public art programming in the City of Las Vegas.