Vandals found their way to the Bainbridge Island Historical Museum this past weekend.
Rick Chandler, a volunteer at the museum, told Bainbridge Island police that sometime between Saturday, Oct. 5 and Monday, Oct. 7, someone removed their “Frogs Around Bainbridge” frog from its pedestal.
“It’s public artwork, and it’s a shame that there are people out there that would want to deface that,” Chandler said.
Volunteers at the museum noticed the frog had been removed from its rebar pedestal and placed nearby on the ground Monday.
Chandler explained it would have taken someone with a large heavy hammer to remove it from its pedestal.
“It would take a whole lot to move it,” Chandler said.
The frog’s removal resulted in damage to the sculpture. Along with a crack about six inches long in several directions, its legs and the strawberry podium it stood on were also broken.
By the end of Monday, Chandler and others at the museum ran out of time to replace the frog but intended on cleaning it up the following day.
The next morning however, the frog was again moved. This time it had been placed in the steel retort, a large metal cylinder artifact from the creosote mill that sits in front of the museum.
Chandler and another volunteer put the frog back on its mount Tuesday.
He has since reported the incident to the police and the Bainbridge Island Downtown Association, who organized the “Frogs Around Bainbridge” fundraiser.
The damage is estimated at about $200.
Chandler says he is considering putting in surveillance cameras since this is the second incident to have occurred at the museum in the past few months.
In a prior incident, he said, someone discharged a fire extinguisher on the premises and in the nearby alleyway. There were no signs of a fire.