Spokane artist responds to sculpture theft

Rick Davis, one of two area artists whose work has been recently stolen, says he doesn't think his sculpture was stolen for the metal.

"Mine was just steel, you don't get much for scrap steel," Davis told The Inlander Wednesday afternoon.

Which perhaps makes the theft even more puzzling. 

"It was just kind of a shock, it's just hard to say if I was disappointed or if it was just weird," says Davis, a 45-year-old electrician by trade who lives in the Spokane area.

"If anything, I thought my Ganesh would have gotten vandalized," he adds, referring to his statue of a Hindu god in Coeur d'Alene that sparked threats. "Kind of a religious intolerance kind of thing, they didn't like the idea of a foreign god coming to town."

Davis, who has been sculpting for most of his life but recently started getting serious about six years, will get to send a replacement statue to Coeur d'Alene.

"I actually just emailed some pictures over to the art councils for a couple of pieces," he says.