Public sculpture of migrant workers on West Bank vandalized

Chad Hamblin

A public sculpture on the West Bank honoring migrant workers was reported vandalized Wednesday.

The sculpture portrays seven migrant workers standing in a circle with their backs forming a colorful bowl. In each of their hands is a gardening hoe.

The vandals broke the handles of the hoes and snapped off some of the migrant workers’ hands, said Shelly Willis, coordinator of public art on campus.

The artist, former Minnesota resident Gary DeCosse, said the sculpture means America’s food is literally on the backs of migrant workers.

“The sculpture itself was trying to create awareness for the migrant community,” DeCosse said. “It’s trying to portray the dignity.”

DeCosse said he will return to Minnesota on July 3 to repair the sculpture.

Willis said she thinks it is important that DeCosse fix the sculpture.

“You don’t want the vandals to have control,” she said. “I don’t want to take it down because some people were acting crazy.”

The vandals damaged the statue between June 18 and June 21, according to a police report.

The statue is located between the Carlson School of Management and the Hubert H. Humphrey Center.

Marijuana possession

A 42-year-old Minneapolis man was cited for possessing a small amount of marijuana June 21.

At about 5 p.m., a police officer saw a man riding his bicycle on the sidewalk in Dinkytown, according to the police report.

The officer told the man that bicycling on the sidewalk was illegal and asked him what he was doing in Dinkytown.

According to the report, the man replied, “I’m not gonna lie to you – I was buying weed.”

The officer found six small bags of marijuana in the man’s front shirt pocket, according to the report.

The man was also cited for riding his bicycle on the sidewalk.