A giraffe calf sculpture has been removed from the Worcester Stands Tall trail after it was damaged.
Dotty, which was on display in Crowngate Shopping Centre, is thought to have been used to break the window of the Two Seasons clothes shop in Worcester at 2.50am on Monday, September 3.
The incident was reported to police and a person has been arrested on suspicion of criminal damage and burglary.
The sculpture, decorated by St Anne’s C of E Primary School in Bewdley, will be fully repaired but will not return to the trail – which ends on Sunday, September 16.
It will next go on show at the trail’s Farewell Event at Worcester Cathedral’s Chapter House between Thursday, October 4 and Sunday, October 7.
Sara Matthews, Project Manager for Worcester Stands Tall, said:
“We are very disappointed by this incident.
“Our thoughts are with the business affected, the students and staff at St Anne’s who decorated Dotty and sponsors West Midland Safari Park. We are supporting the police with their investigation.
“The giraffes are intended to bring fun and enjoyment to the city and its visitors – while raising money for the St Richard’s Hospice Build 2020 Appeal.
“We have been overwhelmed by the positive response to the trail so far this summer. It’s been great to see so many people out exploring Worcester and discovering our sculptures.”
Charlie Langhorne, Co-founder and Director of Wild in Art, said:
“We are heartbroken. It’s a very unusual occurrence; in ten years of producing sculpture trails across the world, our sculptures have not been used like this before.
“We’re extremely sad and upset for all parties affected, not least the children at St Anne’s C of E Primary School that decorated Dotty and St Richard’s Hospice, which the art trail is supporting.
“Unfortunately the small giraffe Dotty is too badly injured to remain on the trail, however the majority of the giraffe sculptures will be kept on display around Worcester for the remainder of the art trail until 16 September.
“After that the big Giraffes have a very important job to do – to help raise funds for St. Richard’s Hospice when they are auctioned.
“We really don’t want this incident to spoil the wonderful trail, which has been enjoyed by thousands of people over the summer.”
Anyone with information about the incident can contact police on the non-emergency number 101 quoting reference number 22/77924/18.
A second sculpture has also been removed from the trail today (Monday, September 3) following damage.
Giraffic Park, which stood in Cripplegate Park, was broken from its plinth at some point between 3pm on Sunday, September 2 and 9am on Monday, September 3.
The incident has been reported to the police and anyone with information can call 101 with 22/78016/18.
This sculpture will also be fully repaired and will next be on show at the Farewell Event.
To book a ticket for the Farewell Event visit worcesterstandstall.co.uk/farewell-event