- Mark Holm
Remember when some egghead stole Humpty Dumpty from his perch on a planter at Tejon and Bijou streets downtown last July? The case of the missing egg has been a tough one to crack, and Denise Schall, program coordinator for the Downtown Partnership -- which represents downtown businesses -- says the investigation is ongoing although no new information has surfaced.
In the meantime, after H.D.'s mysterious disappearance, his Minneapolis, Minn.-based artist, Kimber Fiebiger, was commissioned to cast another egg. Cast in a foundry in Loveland, the new "HD", valued at $12,000, has a slightly different color to his bronze painted patina than the original and has been bolted securely to a boulder to thwart any more thievery.
The Downtown Business Improvement District's Beth Ortiz (pulling the cart) and Dave Kosely (pushing) are shown above, helping to put Humpty Dumpty back in his place. There he will sit until early July when the U.S. Bank Art on the Street program changes its public art displays.
-- by Gina Schaarschmidt
photo by Mark Holm