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Kendrick Park Lion Dogs to be moved to storage

(Sheridan, Wyo.) — After 92 years at the entrance to Kendrick Park, the lion dogs that watch over one of Sheridan's most visited parks will be moved to storage for preservation. *​Lion dogs at the entrance to Kendrick Park / Pitchengine Communities* *​Lion dogs at the entrance to Kendrick Park / Pitchengine Communities* *​Lion dogs at the entrance to Kendrick Park / Pitchengine Communities* "I am here ... to ask you to consider removing the lion dogs from the city park and put them into temporary storage, with the idea that if you do that, I would then come back in two or three months with a recommendation of where they might be located inside," Kim Love, Chairman of the Public Arts Committee said to the Council Monday. The Sheridan City Council voted unanimously to move the statues to storage Monday, and will have a recommendation from the Public Arts Committee within the next year on what will replace the fixtures at the park. The lion dogs have been evaluated by three different independent professionals, all of whom have recommended that they be put inside in order to preserve them, Love said. When the lion dogs were originally constructed for the Worlds Fair in 1915, they were designed with the idea that they would be a temporary display, he explained. "They weren't created with the idea that they would be a permanent display (outdoors). For example, the metal is not bronze. It is brass. It is just much more fragile," Love explained. The tails of the lion dogs are bolted to the fixtures, not welded in place, as they would be on a piece designed for the outdoors. Temperature changes and moisture are creating significant problems and deterioration to the statues, he said. "I realize they have been there for 92 years, but if you look at them, there is some fairly significant damage that you are looking at," Love said. "It is only a matter of time until inadvertent vandalism ... for this tail to be pulled off ... I am afraid that when this happens, the lion dog may end up at the landfill because, at that point, it will be beyond repair." *​Damage to the lion dogs. h/t City of Sheridan / Pitchengine Communities* *​Damage to the lion dogs. h/t City of Sheridan / Pitchengine Communities* "It is an attractive nuisance," Love continued. "Kids come down to the park, they think it is neat. They want to climb onto it, grab onto the tail to get up on the lion dog, and at some point it is going to get busted." City Councilor Jesus Rios said that though some people have expressed concern over moving the statues, he believes that is because of an underlying desire to preserve them. "The reason people don't want them moved is they see them as a significant part of Sheridan's history. I think that is cause for wanting to preserve them, quite frankly," Rios said. #dally #news