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Gargoyles go missing in Butte

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Have you seen this gargoyle?

Butte-Silver Bow officials say that six gargoyles were recently stolen from the new Uptown Parking Garage. The gargoyles were designed and made in Montana especially for the project. A city-county staffer says the gargoyles were meant to act as "protectors of the building and all the occupants," and that they are "special and unique."

City staff also say that each gargoyle cost $160, and were forged at Billings Bronze. Billings Bronze recently burned down so the foundry is unable to make more of the statues. Designer Jeff Kanning, of Collaborative Design Architects, was inspired by traditional Gaelic gargoyles.

The gargoyles were meant to serve as a tribute to Butte's Irish heritage and also deter people from sleeping or skateboarding on the benches. They were screwed on and glued to the benches.

Anyone with information is asked to call Karen Byrnes at 406-497-6467 or Butch Harrington at 406-496-6273.

The Uptown Parking Garage was recently built as part of an effort to revitalize Uptown Butte, according to the Montana Standard.

The state also recently announced a major $35 million project to create the Praxis medical training center, also to be located in Uptown.

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