ITHACA, N.Y. – Ithaca police are asking for the public’s help identifying a suspect accused of vandalizing the “Child of Ithaca” sculpture on the Ithaca Commons.

The statue depicts a young woman sitting at a table with a cup in her hand. Police say the cup was taken at about 9:55 p.m. April 21.

“Video surveillance shows that on April 21, 2019 at about 9:55 an unknown subject approaches the statue, removes the cup from the table, and then run(s) away in an easterly direction,” an IPD press release states.

The statue is a tribute to Erin Schlather, an Ithacan who died in a 2004 car crash at the age of 26. Local artist Roberto Bertoia, a Cornell professor of art, made the sculpture from brass and bronze.

According to police, the cost to replace the cup and repair the statue is about $1,500.

Police ask anyone with information to contact the department.

Featured image: The “Child of Ithaca” statue’s cup was stolen. (Devon Magliozzi/Ithaca Voice)

Devon Magliozzi

Devon Magliozzi is a reporter for the Ithaca Voice. Questions? Story tips? Contact her at or 607-391-0328.