"Ariadne" recovered after brief disappearance from Sibley Hall

June 30, 2007

Sleeping Ariadne, the plaster of Paris sculpture cast that normally resides outside room 157 in Sibley Hall, was recovered on June 28 after disappearing sometime during the weekend of June 23. The statue was found in a fraternity house by a contractor who was working in the building.

Ariadne sustained some damage, including a broken foot, but the foot was also recovered and the statue will be repaired, according to AAP facilities manager Charles Pomada.  

Cornell police had been searching for the statue since Pomada noticed its absence early on Monday morning, June 25. The six-foot, 350-pound figure, valued at between $5,000 and $20,000, left a trail of plaster to the parking area between Sibley and Rand Halls. No further evidence was found, according to Simeon Moss, Cornell’s director of press relations. 

Sleeping Ariadne is part of a collection of plaster casts of ancient Greek and Roman statues, acquired for teaching purposes by Cornell's first president, Andrew Dickson White, in the 1890s. Some of the casts resided for years in the Temple of Zeus, the coffeehouse in Goldwin Smith Hall, but pieces are now dispersed around the campus.  

According to Pomada, Ariadne has reposed in Sibley Hall at least since 1970.

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