Ron English Tells Thieves To Return Stolen Deer Sculptures: "You've Got To Bring Them Home"

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Courtesy of Ron English and Popaganda
Ron English spent two years creating his brightly colored mural and deer sculptures at Wynwood Walls. It took thieves less than four minutes to steal them.

Last month, three young men stole English's last remaining deer sculpture. Now the street artist is asking for them to return it.

"It's fine to borrow them but you can't keep them forever," he says. "You've got to bring them home."

On March 2, video cameras at Wynwood Walls captured images of three young, well dressed men scaling a seven-foot partition on 26th Street.

As a security guard paced the front of the graffiti mecca, the men grabbed English's 75-pound metal deer sculpture and hoisted it over the fence.

English says it wasn't the first time the deer were stolen. In fact, there was originally a family of four on display. Developer and Wynwood Walls owner Tony Goldman paid English $20,000 for the sculptures -- about a fifth of their market value -- and asked him to paint a mural to accompany them.

All four of the spray-painted animals were stolen some time last year. But police spotted one of the deer in someone's front yard and were able to "agree to some kind of deal" for its safe return, English says.

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Courtesy of Ron English and Popaganda
Bambi's bucolic paradise didn't last, however. Seven weeks ago, thieves struck a second time, re-stealing the last remaining deer.

English is pissed, not only that "a stupid prank" has undone years of his work but that the thieves broke the most basic unwritten rules of street art.

"Even though I got paid for the pieces, with artists it's never about the money," he says. "We worked really hard to get those deer to Miami. They were part of my popup show on West Broadway [in New York City] and my local town desperately wanted the deer for our visitor's center."

English says he was proud to put his art on display in Wynwood, where thousands of people could see it.

"That's considered the epicenter of street art and I'm a street artist," he says. "Wynwood Walls is like a museum. It's not a private thing. The Goldmans have always kept it open. It's not like they've taken a piece of art and hidden it away from the public."

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18 comments
Vanessa Black
Vanessa Black

This is why we can't have nice things, Miami.

Anastasia Biltmore
Anastasia Biltmore

This is why we can't have nice things that arent friggin WELDED down.

Jan Dedeurwaerder
Jan Dedeurwaerder

Some fucker stole my 1972 cruising bike yesterday. Damn thing was worth $100,000

William Cutt
William Cutt

I believe your post saying their worth 6 figures doesn't help

Live Bee Removal
Live Bee Removal

If worth that much I wouldnt leave it outside.. Plus art is art what is it really worth... Its only worth what some one else would pay for it.. I wouldnt give 50 cents..

Tu Madre
Tu Madre

Ummm how do they not have them in custody already with the YouTube video out showing their faces?!?

Millie Santana
Millie Santana

Maybe it is time for the South Florida police departments to start implementing the same rules as some countries....Start clearing the garbage off streets!!

Kristy Daly
Kristy Daly

Aww the cute little deer is lost Marikko!

j.pollo
j.pollo

They may have been "occupied". Art for the people!

Tony Prieto
Tony Prieto

Sonia Gonzalez, did Amy ride them away?

demoroman88
demoroman88 topcommenter

anything and everything is only worth what someone is willing to pay. 

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