Artwork at Park City gallery vandalized with candle wax |

Artwork at Park City gallery vandalized with candle wax

Jay Hamburger

Someone vandalized a bronze sculpture inside a Main Street gallery recently, the Park City Police Department said, an unusual case involving damage to an artwork on display indoors.

The Police Department received the information at 1:21 p.m. on Dec. 21. The J GO Gallery reported the vandalism. The police said the damage occurred the day before the report.

Jude Grenney, a co-owner of the gallery, said someone apparently removed a candle from a decorative jar at the gallery and used the candle wax to write the word ‘love’ twice on the bronze. The person also left a piece of wax near the sculpture, she said.

Grenney said a young woman earlier in the day was inside the gallery and told an employee "she got something for her portfolio." The woman might be the person who put the wax on the bronze piece, Grenney said.

The bronze is valued at $5,000. A sculptor from outside Taos, N.M., Gray Mercer, created the abstract piece.

Grenney said the gallery contacted the sculptor after the piece was vandalized. He suggested the gallery leave the vandal’s wax and let it wear off over time, coat the rest of the piece with the same wax or heat the bronze from below and then wipe the wax away, she said. The gallery has not decided which method it will use, Grenney said.

The Police Department said the case remains under investigation.

Grenney said J GO Gallery sent an email cautioning other galleries.

Anybody with information about the vandalism may contact the Police Department at 615-5500 or the department’s tip line, 615-5847. The department also operates an online tip form,