TUCSON, AZ (KOLD News 13) - Tucson Parks and Rec released a statement saying the Garden of Gethsemane has been closed due to vandalism.
The garden is located on 670 West Congress Avenue, next to the Santa Cruz River on West Congress Street. The garden depicts religious sculptures by artist, Felix Lucero, who created Christ at the Last Supper and the Holy Family at the Crucifixion. According to tucsonaz.gov, the garden’s purpose is to create a peaceful and religious space where weddings and small gatherings could be held.
Debra Harris, Lucero’s grand daughter says the statues are often vandalized.
“It seems every time I come back here, they’ve done something else,” she said. “What can you do?”
There are no cameras at the small park. The vandalism happened either late Friday night or early Saturday morning according to Parks and Rec.
The department said it was trying to contact an artist who might be able to repair the damage but so far has been unsuccessful.
The gate is locked and a sign greets visitors saying it is closed until repairs are made by there’s no way to tell how long it might take.
Vandalism four years ago, took several months to repair.
The Garden of Gethsemane faced vandalism in March of 2015, when the head of Judas was dismembered and stolen.
In photos provided by Parks and Rec, it shows the face of Jesus defaced with what appears to be a magic marker.
One of the statues was decapitated. According to Harris, it was Judas.
Writings left of the statues may give a clue as to who may have done it but, at this point, that’s unclear.
It is not yet clear how the statues were vandalized this time, however, repairs for the statue are being made and Tucson Parks and Rec says the garden will open once the statue has been restored.
The identity of the vandal(s) is not known and police are asking anyone with any information on this incident to contact 88-CRIME. you can remain anonymous.