Lizard King loses its crown |

Lizard King loses its crown

Steamboat's art car vandalized over the weekend

— The Lizard King has attracted curious onlookers for the past couple of years, but recent vandalism has marred the unique appearance of the “art car.”

The Lizard King, a mirror-covered, lizard-laden art car given to the city of Steamboat Springs by students from Waltrip High School in Houston, was vandalized late last week, said Lynne Masters, the car’s caretaker.

The vandalism is thought to have occurred in the Depot Art Center parking lot, where the Lizard King typically is parked.

A rock was thrown through the car’s rear passenger window.

Also, some of the lizard figurines that adorn the car were broken, and the crown of the Lizard King that sits atop the vehicle was removed.

Masters, who calls herself the “chief lizard keeper,” discovered the vandalism Sunday morning when she planned to take the vehicle out for a drive.

Masters said she keeps the car in working condition and occasionally takes it out for a spin so that it can retain its status as an art car.

If it wasn’t driven it would be considered a sculpture, she said.

Anyone with information about the incident is asked to call the Steamboat Springs Police Department at 870-1268.

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