Friday, June 25, 2010

Metal egret stolen from old Orange fountain

Our lovely Orange correspondent (Orange is her city of residence, not her color) writes, "...One of the egrets on the original 1880s Plaza fountain, now installed next to the library, was stolen Tuesday (6/22)! ...Security cameras captured the shadowy image of three young men detaching it from the fountain base and running off into the nearby neighborhood. Scrap metal hounds? College prank? We don't know. However, if you see anything or hear anything... please alert the Orange Police Dept."
This is pretty sad. By all accounts, crime and delinquency has been on the rise in Downtown Orange over the past couple years. Maybe it's time for a few more police patrols in Old Towne.
The photo above shows the fountain at its original home in Plaza Park in the 1920s. The image below is a close-up of the egrets. Today, the egrets are painted white all over, rather than the more realistic paint job of yore. (Egrets? I've had a few. But then again,... Too few to mention.)


Lovely Orange Correspondent said...

Thank you Chris for posting this, the more people who know about this, the better!
Please everyone, if you at all hear or see anything about this stolen egrets, call the Orange Police Department at 714-744-7444.

Anonymous said...

I never gave any thought to the age of the fountain when I lived in Orange in 1962 - 1964. We went to Orange High School during that time. I never realized or knew the history of the Orange Circle - as it was called back then. I sure hope it gets returned. said...

Any updates on the stolen sculpture?