A stainless steel crocodile sculpture has been stolen from the Sculpture Walk in St. Cloud.
The artist, Dale Lewis of Hastings, tells BMTN that his 10-foot-long, 160-pound piece of art has been missing from it's location at 8th Avenue South and 1st Street South since July 16 – and he's offering a $2,000 reward to anyone with information that will lead to an arrest.
The crocodile sculpture, valued at $6,500, had been part of the St. Cloud Sculpture Walk since Aug. 22, 2017, and Lewis found out it had been stolen when he and his wife made the drive from Hastings to St. Cloud to bring it home on July 21.
“If they can’t respect art, let’s at least make them fear taking it!” Lewis said in a release about his stolen croc.
The crocodile is made from salvaged electrical enclosures. Lewis says he sorted through a lot of butter knives to find handles that looked liked crocodile teeth. The croc's eyes are made of glass with eyelids made from teaspoons.
Lewis started welding sculptures in 2010 and has had his work featured all over Minnesota, with other works of art in Chanhassen, Mankato, Bemidji, Mound, St. Paul, Northfield, Stillwater, Hastings and Zumbrota, in addition to sculptures in Iowa, Wisconsin, Kansas, Missouri, South Dakota, Indiana and Idaho.
Anyone with information can contact Lewis via his website.