The sculpture of a woman/book case — ‘Words into Dreams’ — in front of The Book House, 7352 Manchester Road in Maplewood, was apparently vandalized Thursday night. An employee, Mark Gould, found her in pieces when he arrived Friday morning.
He said parts were removed and replaced randomly. For instance a Barbie Doll’s head was removed and moved. The book store filed a report with Maplewood Police.
The artist, Jewell McGhee, said it’s been on the street for about a year and this is the first time something to this extent has happened to it. She estimates the repair will cost up to $1,000. The Book House is helping raise that. Gould said several customers have asked how they could help.
The sculpture was valued at $5,000, and is the property of McGhee; she had loaned it to The Book House. McGhee has a Patreon website for donations.