Posted at: 08/12/2013 4:47 PM
| Updated at: 08/12/2013 8:26 PM
By: Kumi Tucker
TROY -- People with the Troy Business Improvement District unwrapped a newly restored and rehabbed statue on Broadway, fresh out of the Uncle Sam ICU.
This statue by artist Geoffrey Raymond was damaged in June when police say Michael Siler of Watervliet tried to steal it.
Many residents are happy to see it back where it belongs.
"I like it. Actually when it was gone, I was upset and missing it because it was one of the ones I actually put my name on it and it made it part of the art," said Troy resident Moses Lugo.
The Annotated Uncle Sam is one of 30 fiberglass statues around the city. Now that number is down to 29 after police discovered over the weekend that someone stole the head of "Uncle Rainbow" on Fourth Street near LoPorto's restaurant.
Former Mayor Harry Tutunjian and his wife Francesca of Francesca's Cafe put up some of the $425 reward.
"We want to see the head returned and restored and put back on the street," said Tutunjian. "We've seen other statues that have been damaged and repaired and we want to see this one back out there too. We want to send a message that we're not going to tolerate this kind of activity in the city and it's a good way to get the community involved and hopefully someone will turn in the person with the head."
These statues will be up through October.
"It has brought people here from all over, really pointed out the fact that downtown Troy is a wonderful, walkable city because we have folks bringing tours through, bringing their families through, walking to each of the different Uncle Sams, passing by businesses, passing by landmarks, passing by the history of Troy," said Elizabeth Young of the Troy Business Improvement District.
Project organizers say they know the risks of a public installation, but that most of the time, people interact with the art in a positive way.
The rainbow Uncle Sam was apparently seen broken, with its head on the ground, so someone may have picked up the head after the statue was vandalized. Police say they will be reviewing the footage from several security cameras nearby.