Denton Artist ‘Devastated’ After Pops Carter Sculpture Vandalized Before Blues Festival | KERA News

Denton Artist ‘Devastated’ After Pops Carter Sculpture Vandalized Before Blues Festival

Sep 14, 2017

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A sculpture of Denton blues legend Tom “Pops” Carter installed in a local park in 2014 was vandalized earlier this week, devastating the artist and residents.

Christie Wood, a glass artist in Denton, confirmed Wednesday that her work in Quakertown Park was damaged. She believes someone took a baseball bat to the sculpture between Monday night and Tuesday morning, the Denton Record-Chronicle reports.  

Her piece was protected by 3/8-inch, bulletproof Lexan.


"It takes so much force to break this glass," she tells the Record-Chronicle. "It's used in cars for presidential candidates and kings. It is bulletproof. But it will flex."

According to the Record-Chronicle: “City of Denton Parks Director Emerson Vorel told Wood the city plans to remove the sculpture to prevent any further damage or someone getting hurt. A crew will put the sculpture into storage to evaluate it and decide what to do next.” The parks department will file a police report as well.

Carter, who died in 2012, played with the greats, like B.B. King and in the mid-1980s, formed his band, Pops Carter and the Funkmonsters, “which would become an anchor act of the Denton Blues Festival,” according to the Record-Chronicle.


The festival in Quakertown Park takes place this weekend. [Denton Record-Chronicle]


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