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Vandals provide unwanted bubbles in historic fountain

An unscheduled bubble bath for one of Oregon's most recognizable fountains will mean more work for Oregon Park District crews.

Early morning vandals put bubble bath in Lorado Taft's " The Fish Boys" fountain in Mix Park June 29

Oregon Park District Executive Director Erin Folk said the park district was notified about soap suds in the fountain Saturday morning.

"It has happened a couple of times and we do not find it funny," she said.

Each time the fountain is vandalized, park district staff have to drain the fountain and clean it, she said.

"It is a nuisance to clean it every time," said Folk. "It takes time to clean the fountain."

The Fish Boys depicts two smiling boys kneeling on the sides of the shallow pool each holding a large fish. Water cascades from each fish's mouth into the round pool.

According to the Oregon Sculpture Trail brochure, The Fish Boys were designed and cast in bronze as part of Taft's "Fountain of the Great Lakes", a 1913 work placed south of the Chicago Art Institute.

The Oregon Fish Boys are constructed of a special blend of concrete and crushed quartz, incorporating pebbles from the Potomac River, the brochure says.

Mix Park is owned by the City of Oregon, but leased to the Oregon Park District which handles maintenance at the small park, located along Ill. 2 south of downtown.

Anyone who witnesses vandalism at any Oregon park should contact police or call the park district at 815-732-3101.

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