Sculpture vandalism at Halagueno Arts Park


The Gilberto Romero Sculpture, “Gathering Spot,” was again the victim of vandalism at Halagueno Arts Park. It is the second time that the sculpture has been vandalized over the past seven years. 

In the early hours of Monday morning, Aug. 9, four of the bronze birds were stolen from the stone monoliths. 

The art was originally installed April 1st, 2015, and was vandalized the following week. The City had the sculpture repaired soon after the initial act of vandalism. 

The security footage that covers all of the sculptures in the park is being evaluated by the authorities at this time. Images were captured of the person who was removing the birds from the sculptures. The City will prosecute anyone identified as perpetrating vandalism in the park. 

Additionally, the Carlsbad Police Department is increasing its patrols in the area. 

Anyone with information about the stolen bronze birds is encouraged to contact Director of Municipal Services Angie Barrios-Testa at (575) 887-1191.  

The Halagueno Arts Park opened July 2, 2015. It has been an ongoing project for the City since 2003. After more than a decade of work, the Arts Park became a reality. It is an inner city park with more than 20 pieces of art, grassy areas, and walking paths with benches for the community to enjoy. Mayor Dale Janway’s Fine Arts Acquisition & Vetting Committee, and the Halagueno Arts Park committee hope that residents continue to help us in developing and securing this lovely inner city respite. 

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