Vandals are blamed for damage June 17 to an 11-foot, 4.5-ton stone statue of the Minotaur on Kent Green property.

The statue, by New Milford artist Joseph Jaskolka, is constructed of field stones.

Overnight Friday, someone smashed one of the Minotaur's giant stone horns.

Seti Gallery owner Lorine Krizan is questioning whether it was an act of vandalism related to "drunken courage" or "to all the flak we've gotten over the piece," she said Monday.

"We've had so many angry people respond to the statue," Ms. Krizan said. "It's the chains that hold the Minotaur to the stone pillars. They see them as a bondage statement."

Mr. Jaskolka writes on his website that the statue, called "Minotaur Bound," represents "the endless struggle between positive and negative energies" in nature.

He suspects someone took a sledgehammer to the statue. He doesn't see how the fieldstone and metal substructure could have been broken in any other way.

"It's repairable, but I'm upset," Mr. Jaskolka said. "Those stones are all one of a kind. I'm looking for the right stone to replace the horn. It took a long time to find the two I'd used. Hopefully, luck will guide me."

The owner of the Kent Green properties, John Casey, acknowledged that since the statue went up in mid-April, he has had comments both for and against its presence in town.

"I don't know if the vandalism was premeditated," Mr. Casey said. "I'm sorry for the people who are offended by the statue. We weren't trying to offend anyone by placing it there."

"Minotaur Bound" is on display for sale by the Seti gallery.

The site where it stands is used by the gallery to display large sculptural works. Ms. Krizan declined to give the asking price for the statue.

She said the repaired statue will continue to stand at the site. A surveillance camera and lighting is being considered to protect the work.

"I'm sorry for the people who are offended by the statue. We weren't trying to offend anyone by placing it there."

John Casey

Kent property owner