The Disc Sun at the Goddard Center for the Visual and Performing Arts will rise again.
That’s what board members for the Goddard Center hope for after meeting with relatives of the late Jesús Moroles Wednesday to discuss options for repairing the sculpture that was vandalized in September.
The piece was created in 1999 and given to the Goddard Center in 2008. Moroles, a world renowned sculptor and National Medal of the Arts recipient, lived and worked in Rockport, Texas and died in June 2015.
Surveillance video revealed four to five unidentifiable youth spinning the top portion of the sculpture, according to building supervisor Frank Clark. The group was spinning and jerking on the circular portion for about 10 minutes, eventually causing a portion of the base to shatter.
Goddard Center Assistant Director Cory Blankenship said members of the Moroles family are confident they will be able to make a new stand for the Disc Sun.
“They came up to look at it and are optimistic about repairing it,” Blankenship said. “They’re people who worked with (Moroles) for years installing art, and in his workshops.”
Blankenship did not provide an estimate for how much repairs will cost. But he said the Goddard Center may seek to file a claim for the sculpture under its insurance coverage.
There is no timeframe for repairs yet, Blankenship said, but the Goddard Center is glad to have initiated a dialogue.
The Ardmore Police Department still has not been able to identify any suspects for the vandalism.
Capt. Keith Ingle said nobody has come forward to admit to the vandalism, and that police have struggled to identify anybody because of the poor quality of the surveillance video.
“This video is just too blurry,” Ingle said. “We wish somebody would come forward and admit to why this happened.”