STOLEN: Eagle carving at Eagle Landing Park has gone missing
The Eagle sculpture at Eagle Landing Park – carved by Galen Willis-Eagle – has been stolen, according to Michael Lafreniere, Executive Director of Burien Parks.
The wooden carving, made from Western Red Cedar, was installed at the park on Oct. 24, 2011 (read our previous coverage here). It stands 44 inches tall, and was mounted on a pedestal and housed in a shelter constructed by Eagle Scout candidate Sean Kent as project to complete his Eagle Scout requirements.
“I looked at the base structure this a.m., and someone has stolen it,” Galen told David Templeton, who first noticed that it was missing. “I’ll report it to the City of Burien for their action. Thanks. I’m heart broken.”
“Donated by Burien artist Galen Willis, the hand-carved wooden sculpture of an eagle was carved from Western Red Cedar (Thuja Plicata) an evergreen coniferous tree in the Cypress family that is native to western North America,” reads a note on the park’s website. “The western Red Cedar is the provincial tree of British Columbia, and has extensive applications for the indigenous First Nations of the Pacific Northwest.”
Here’s more on the artwork:
Mr. Willis created the sculpture for the purpose of placing it in the park. The carving style of the eagle is referred to as Northwest Coast Native Style, and is partially painted red and black. The eagle carving is itself over 44 inches tall and is mounted on a pedestal.
As part of the project, volunteer Eagle Scout Sean Kent constructed a shelter to house and display the carving.
Eagle Landing Park was established in 2005. It is a six acre park containing many native plants, mammals and birds including a metal staircase which winds its way down a steep slope to Puget Sound. Eagle have nested and rested in the old-growth conifer forest of the park since 1991.
Eagle Landing Park is located at 14641 25th Ave SW.
Police are asking for the public’s help – if you have any information, you are asked to please call the King County Sheriff’s Office at 206-296-3311 .