Bring back Bucky: Bucky on Parade statue stolen from outside Middleton business

MIDDLETON, Wis. — A statue once featured in one of Madison’s most popular art projects was stolen from outside a Dane County business this past weekend.

Someone cut down the “Funky Buckingham” Bucky Badger statue from outside of the Greenway Station management offices in Middleton.

The statue was part of the Bucky on Parade community art project featured in 2018. Artists created 85 different Bucky statues which were placed around Madison. The statues were eventually auctioned off to businesses with proceeds raising more than $1 million for local charities.

The statue was stolen sometime between 11 p.m. Saturday and 7:30 a.m. Sunday.

Middleton police believe more than one person was involved since the statue weighs several hundred pounds. It was also cut off at the feet.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Middleton Police Department at 608-824-7300, Madison Area Crime Stoppers at 608-266-6014 or online at p3tips.com.

This is not the first time one of the Bucky on Parade statues has been vandalized. One was found damaged in the water at James Madison Park shortly after the project launched.

You can read more about the Bucky on Parade project here.