Two bronze statues were stolen from the Utah Opera Productions studios in Salt Lake City.
A staffer noticed the 4-foot statues of Orpheus and Eurydice were missing from their positions in the courtyard about 9 a.m. Thursday.
David Green, senior vice president of Utah Symphony | Utah Opera said it is the third theft in the area in recent days: A large metal valve was stolen from behind the building, and a break-in was reported at a nearby house.
The thieves apparently unbolted the figures from their pedestals, Green said. Staffers are suspicious the statues were stolen for their metal, Green said.
“I don’t know what they would try to do with [the statues],” Green said. “They wouldn’t be placed in someone’s front yard.”
The statues were commissioned in 2002 from Utah sculptor Dan Gerhart by Marcia Price and the Price Family Foundation. They depict the Greek myth of Orpheus the musician, who brought his dead wife Eurydice back from the underworld on the condition that he not look at her until they reached the upper world. However, he looked back too early, and Eurydice was pulled back to the underworld forever.
The statues depict Eurydice falling back as Orpheus tries to pull her toward him.