Once-defaced statue now preserved in Compton Hill - KMOV.com

Once-defaced statue now preserved in Compton Hill

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COMPTON HILL, Mo. (KMOV.com) -- Some medallions that were stolen off a south St. Louis statue called "the naked truth" were recast and put back on the statue on Monday. 

The statue sits in the Compton Hill Reservoir Park.

Over the years, two of the three medallions were stolen. The water department removed the third one for safekeeping.

Preservationists wanted to restore the medallions to bring the statue back to its original glory.

So how do you re-sculpt something that's missing?

"We hired a sculptor and he's re-sculpted them and cast them in bronze. You had to look at photographs from how long ago? From 1914.  The photograph he used was from the original dedication." said John Maxwell of Water Tower & Park Preservation Society.

Officials say thieves will have a hard time removing them again, as the bronze medallions are bolted and epoxied into the granite.

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