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Posted: Tuesday, October 11, 2011 11:36 am

A 700-pound bronze statue created by a Coeur d’Alene artist was stolen last week from a park in Novato, Calif., according to police.

The bronze and stone sculpture is called “Omay,” a Miwok word for pelican, and was sculpted by David Clemons, of Coeur d’Alene. Novato is in the San Francisco Bay area.

In 2007, the city commissioned Clemons to sculpt and cast in bronze a monumental pelican in flight, police said in a press release. It cost the city $27,500.

Clemons said, “I understand that the price of metal is climbing at a rate that far outshines the stock market, and if the statue is melted down and sold for raw materials it could bring an influx of cash into a desperate situation, but these are desperate times for all of us.”

It was located in the city park at what is called Scottsdale Pond.

To the native Miwok people, pelicans provided commerce, ornamentation and culture.

Clemons said, “I created the sculpture Omay to honor the traditional language of the first people to call the region home, the wealth of bird species that still call it home, and the new generations of bird lovers that have made it a new, adopted home.”

The Novato Police Department is offering a $1,000 reward for information leading to the identification, arrest and conviction of any person involved in this incident.

Police said it might have been stolen for the metal.


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  • ancientemplar posted at 7:48 am on Wed, Oct 12, 2011.

    ancientemplar Posts: 1287

    you would have thought the city would pay closer attention after someone stole the bronze statute of the Jack Russell terrier from the dog park/ humane society in that city this summer.

  • wheels1 posted at 5:35 am on Wed, Oct 12, 2011.

    wheels1 Posts: 488

    Novato is beautiful.

  • truthful1 posted at 9:39 pm on Tue, Oct 11, 2011.

    truthful1 Posts: 554

    Sigh. You're a sad case, DeNiles. Such a sad sorry case.

  • DeNiles posted at 3:37 pm on Tue, Oct 11, 2011.

    DeNiles Posts: 2450

    Methinx it's a winging its way home to take a dump on Ganesha.......

  • truthful1 posted at 3:27 pm on Tue, Oct 11, 2011.

    truthful1 Posts: 554

    Might have been a pelican once; 700 lbs of valuable bronze scrap for melt now.

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