Sculpture Vandalized at Davis & High House

Story by Hal Goodtree. Photo by Joshua Steadman.

Cary, NC – Ghostbuster, the ribbon-y sculpture of a horse’s head at the corner of Davis and High House, has been the victim of a graffiti attack.

Everybody’s Favorite Horse

The sculpture, by artist Michael Stutz, was placed on the site in the autumn of 2009.

Ghostbuster is named for a real horse that lived on the Sears Farm, said to be a favorite of children due to its gentle nature.

Who is ML?

The graffiti includes the letters ML.

I remember back in sixth grade, Jimmy Andolino wrote my name on the wall of Brookdale Elementary School in Bloomfield, New Jersey. A big crowd gathered after school and Jimmy and I started fighting. The school principal, Mr. DeCamera, came out and punished us both. I remember really fuming at the unfairness of it all.

So maybe ML is not the vandal, but the victim. In any event, it’s likely ML knows something about this.

It’s a Crime

Juvenile prank? Defacing public or private property is a crime.

Anyone with information about this incident can call Cary’s Crime Stoppers at 919-226-CRIM(E). If the information leads to an arrest or indictment, you may be eligible for a cash reward. You will never have to give your name, testify in court and Cary Crime Stoppers does not use Caller ID.


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7 replies
  1. Leigh Roach
    Leigh Roach says:

    The vandalism is being investigated by the Cary Police Department and the damage is being repaired by the Public Works Department.

  2. Carla Hendrix
    Carla Hendrix says:

    Josh also got photos of Matthew Gay, hired by the artist, Michael Stutz, cleaning Ghostbuster (see link). So, hopefully he will be restored to his beautiful state soon.

    • Hal Goodtree
      Hal Goodtree says:

      Thanks Carla! Glad to see Josh is getting slightly obsessed. Sounds like the cleaning was completed today.

  3. Christy
    Christy says:

    Will the sculpture be able to be cleaned or repaired? I saw this earlier and was so disappointed to see the damage. I would hate to lose this piece of public art.

    • Hal Goodtree
      Hal Goodtree says:

      Far as I know, this kind of damage can be repaired. Maybe someone with more expertise will weigh in.

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