Conservator Says Statues' Cloisonne is Greatest Concern

The lion dogs have sat as guardians at the entrance to Kendrick Park since 1919.

During that time, one was pulled off its pedestal, rocks have been thrown at them, they've been vandalized, one even sports a bullet hole. The metal of the dogs, which fine arts conservator Patrick Kipper says is brass rather than bronze, is cracked and chipped in places.

But the worst damage, he said recently, is to the cloisonne at the base of the statues, on the dogs' tails. Speaking on Sheridan Media's morning news talk show, Public Pulse, he explained why that's a serious issue.

He said damage has already occurred, including the bullet hole which penetrates the base of one statue right in the cloisonne.

He said the longer the lion dogs remain outside, the more they will deteriorate.

He said not only will moving the statues indoors preserve them, but it could lessen the financial burden of the city in trying to repair existing damage and prevent damage in future.