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UPDATE: Herky statue, 'Reflections of U,' vandalized Friday

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IOWA CITY (KWWL) -

The Iowa City/Coralville Area Convention and Visitors Bureau, along with University of Iowa Public Safety, is looking for information on who broke a Herky on Parade 2 statue below its knees.

The damage to the "Reflections of U" Herky statue, which was sponsored by the University of Iowa Athletics Department and designed by Cedar Rapids artist Kim O'Meara, was found by University of Iowa police just before 6:30 a.m. Friday.

Tuesday, university officials say there is surveillance video, and they are looking at it as part of their ongoing investigation.

The fiberglass statue, which was at the north end of the Pentacrest at the corner of Capitol and Jefferson Streets, was still connected to its 2,000-pound concrete base, but only by the rebar inside the legs.

Josh Schamberger, President of the Iowa City/Coralville Area CVB, says the statue was brought to Cedar Rapids where a team of artists will evaluate if the statue can be repaired. If it can't, Schamberger says a new statue will be brought from Chicago and given to O'Meara who will remake the statue.

"Reflections of U" is one of 83 Herky statues that were unveiled Monday as part of the Herky on Parade 2, marking the 10th anniversary of the first Herky on Parade.

Damage to the statue is estimated at $5,000.

Schamberger hopes someone can help them find those responsible for the damage so they can prosecute and make an example of them.

If you have information, call University of Iowa Public Safety at 319-335-5022 or email them at police@uiowa.edu.

Iowa City Area Crime Stoppers is also offering up to a $1,000 reward for information leading to the arrest of those responsible. Contact them at 319-358-TIPS (8477).

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