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Reward Offered for Stolen Tackapausha Sculpture

Spider display in front of museum near Massapequa border stolen earlier this month.

A community effort is underway to retrieve a Nouveau Spider Sculpture that was stolen from the   on June 9.  

A $1,000 reward is being offered for information leading to the return of the spider sculpture, which was on display in the front of the museum, which is newar the Seaford/ Massapequa border when it on April 22 after being closed for nearly two years for renovations. A flyer about the reward has been placed around the Seaford community including at , which provides a phone number of 516-277-2287 to call with any information on the sculpture’s disappearance. A message left by Patch at that number was not returned.

A spokeswoman at the Tackapausha Museum said the sculpture was being rented out as an exhibit and is not owned by Nassau County, which operates the wildlife center on 2225 Washington Ave. She said the legs of the sculpture have been located but the body is still missing.

News of the sculpture’s disappearance was upsetting to Seaford resident Laura Moakley, who loves taking her 13-month old daughter to see the exhibit.

“The art Nouveau Spider Sculpture was becoming a fun stop before and after we would go into the  museum,” Moakley said. “When I found out it was stolen, literally I just wanted to help out as much as possible to get the word out and to get this sculpture back to where it belongs.” 

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