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Baby tire manatee rescue

By Staff | Jul 2, 2020
PHOTO PROVIDED Local artist Lawrence Voytek and Supervisory Refuge Ranger Toni Westland assess damage to the sculptures, how to repair them and how to maintain the valued works of art.
PHOTO PROVIDED Local artist Lawrence Voytek and Supervisory Refuge Ranger Toni Westland assess damage to the sculptures, how to repair them and how to maintain the valued works of art.

As previously reported, suspected vandalism to the baby manatee sculpture outside of the J.N. “Ding” Darling National Wildlife Refuge’s award-winning restrooms at the Visitor & Education Center has required repair. The refuge and “Ding” Darling Wildlife Society-Friends of the Refuge thanked everyone who sent kind words and contributions toward its restoration. After making contact with the sculptures’ original artist, Andrew Corke – who has since relocated from Sanibel to Colorado – a plan formed to repair the damage. Artist Lawrence Voytek, who helped Corke mount the sculptures two years ago, came out on June 30 to restore the manatees to their one-of-a-kind beauty and instruct staff on how to maintain them and the outdoor murals that are exposed to the elements. Donations toward the repairs and upkeep are accepted at “http://www.dingdarlingsociety.org/donation”>www.dingdarlingsociety.org/donation or at 239-472-1100 ext. 4.