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The statue of a nymph was taken from its perch on Mt. Vernon Street, across from Town Hall where the bike trail heads towards the high school. COURTESY PHOTO/HILDA WONG-DOO

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A small sculpture of a nymph was taken from its granite base last week. The little maiden was part of a 4-foot-high statue on Mt. Vernon Street, across from Town Hall where the bike trail heads towards the high school. 

Cynthia Randall, a member of the Winchester Cultural District Managing Partnership, notified the police, where an officer took her phone number in case anyone turns it in. 

'Moonstruck,' the stolen piece by Andover artist David Adilman, is one of four sculptures on lease to the Cultural District. COURTESY PHOTO/HILDA WONG-DOO

“Someone might have removed it and thrown it into the bushes,” Randall said, of the theft which is believed to have taken place between Jan. 24 and 25. 

The piece, entitled “Moonstruck” by Andover artist David Adilman, is one of four sculptures on lease to the Cultural District.  “Waterfowl,” behind the Jenks Center, “Wind in the Waves,” near Town Hall and “Ikumi or the Toe Dancer,” on the corner of Main Street and Mystic Valley Parkway, remain untouched. 

The exhibit is part of the District’s Riverwalk zone, which also includes augmented reality pieces. 

Randall added the figure is a polymer the artist paints to look like bronze. The entire sculpture is valued at $11,000. According to Randall, the artist says said he can reproduce the nymph for several hundred dollars.

If anyone finds the statue, they are asked to contact the Winchester Cultural  District at winchesterculturaldistrict.org or take it to the police station.

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