On December 26th, the Sacramento Police Department received a report that the Charles Swanston statue in Land Park was vandalized. Detectives are investigating this incident and are seeking any information that may help them in their investigation.

Any witnesses with information regarding this investigation are encouraged to contact Sacramento Police Department dispatch center at (916) 808-5471 or Sacramento Valley Crime Stoppers at (916) 443-HELP (4357). Callers can remain anonymous and may be eligible for a reward up to $1,000. Anonymous tips can also be submitted using the free “P3 Tips” smartphone app.

Vandalization included removing the head and facial features obliterated. It is one of the oldest public art works in Sacramento. The sculptor, Bay Area based Ralph Stackpole, was noted for commissions around the country such as the stock exchange, in Paris, and several world’s fairs. He was a close associate of other noted artists of the era, including Diego Rivera. In Sacramento his remaining works are the Coleman fountain across from old City Hall and a major mural at City College.

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