Vandals Strike Windy Man - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

8/13/04

Vandals Strike Windy Man

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On Thursdasy night someone apparently vandalized the 'Windy-Man', stripping the concrete sculpture of it's entire face. Someone must have taken a sledgehammer or something heavy and beat Windy-Man to crumbs.

Approximately three inches was chiseled off if his face. He is missing his eyes, nose, and his lips. There is evidence that someone tried to take the whole thing out. However, the sculpture is made of solid concrete.

Since it's installation last month, people have been writing letters to the editor complaining about how Windy-Man looks like a pagan god. Religious groups have been offended by the image. However, that was not the intention when it was created. 20 of the sculptures were supposed to be installed along the Marsha Sharp Freeway to symbolize Lubbock's wind.

The Texas Department of Transportation was not aware the Windy-Man had been vandalized. Randy Hopmann, District Engineer for TxDOT says he was disappointed, "We have had a lot of discussion in our community about Windy-Man. But the thing I'm most disappointed with, is that this is a piece of art and it's also state property. So this is vandalism of state property."

Destroying state property is considered criminal mischief, with fines reaching in the thousands.

TxDOT says the panel will have to come down now, but will cost taxpayers extra money to do so.

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