What happened to David’s Granite Pedestal?

As I have pointed out several times over the years, I am still wondering where the original pedestal for The Statue of David went in Fawick Park, Downtown Sioux Falls?

In this article I wrote in 2002 for Etc. magazine, I mention the removal of David in 1997 and how the city fought to bring him back because they needed a new pedestal. My question all along is where did the original pedestal go?

No doubt that the structure of the original pedestal probably needed to go away, but it had granite inlays.

Over the years I have pressured current and former city staff where the inlays went. Nobody has said a peep. The closest I got to an admission they were taken was a person said to me, “Let’s just say some VIP in town has quite the treasure.”

I have also heard the granite placards were returned to the Fawick Family.

Either way, it would be nice to know where they went. Probably the same place the images to the Bunker Ramp mural went.


#1 Frolicking in the park... on 03.09.23 at 6:53 pm

My friend Dave has a really nice granite countertop.

#2 Fear & Loathing in Sioux Falls on 03.09.23 at 6:59 pm

Imagine getting some granite placards in the mail.

#3 Trying to be funny on 03.09.23 at 7:57 pm

I would hate to be the delivery guy who had to deliver the placards…. But granite, it is his job though….

#4 Mike Lee Zitterich on 03.09.23 at 7:57 pm

I know where it is, but I am not going to say out loud. It is actually hidden in very plain site, near Downtown Sioux Falls in two distinct places. Yes, that means it was cut in two sections, and placed in withing the historical district, the original Town Site. I will though, provide a hint – Have you found all of the precious pieces of “artwork” within the original town site?

It’s Borders: South of 2nd Street, North of 4th Street, East of Main Ave, but West of the Sioux River.

I smell a Treasure Hunt by many people this summer.

#5 "Woodstock" on 03.09.23 at 7:59 pm

“Two things we were promised, but were never delivered: Flying cars and drone pizza delivery”…..

#6 Gaye Wead on 03.09.23 at 8:15 pm

From 1997 until 2017, so you’re saying from Monica until Stormy. History refers to that time period as the “Moral Years”. Currently, we are experiencing the Mural Years; and given the secrecy over the Bunker Ramp mural, one can only imagine what was drawn. Perhaps, we are back to some morals, sweaty selfie or not…. Come to think of it, maybe we could start a new trend – It could go vial -where people have a selfies taken in front of David with their heads as the fig leaf….

#7 The Guy From Guernsey on 03.10.23 at 7:25 am

Were there words or images as inscriptions on the granite?

#8 D@ily Spin on 03.10.23 at 8:32 am

Nothing is to big not to steal. Someone graduated from pilfering office supplies.

BTW, the 4 kidnapped at Matamoris. Cartels ransom for 50k unless they have compatible transplant organs. Then, 300k plus shipping. If you cross the border, some of you will come back in a cooler.

Fortunately, the worst terrorist in SD is grandma if she can’t get her refund at Walmart.

#9 Peg on 03.10.23 at 1:13 pm

I heard the mayor is using it for his official sculpture of him taking a selfie.

#10 "Woodstock" on 03.10.23 at 2:43 pm

“These are very strange times”…. “Unidentified balloons in the air and now a cartel officially apologizes for killing innocent people”…. “In Japanese culture, if one of their planes crashes, then the CEO of that airline resigns out of respect for the loss souls…. Maybe the head of that Mexican cartel should do the same”….

#11 Further Fear & Loathing on 03.10.23 at 2:46 pm

Was it Dillinger or Clyde who wrote Henry Ford thanking him for the quality and dependability of his V8s?

#12 Fearing the Fuhrer & More on 03.10.23 at 2:52 pm

I think it would be found to hit up Mike’s house, while on a scavenger hunt, looking for a pink plunger with fake rhinestones glued-on it….. (….. “What about some expired Pizza Ranch coupons?”… )

#13 l3wis on 03.10.23 at 6:27 pm

Mike Z, fool me once . . .

I went on the treasure hunt today, and unless these placards are inside a public building I could not find them.

Now go change a diaper.

#14 Sick of Fearing on 03.10.23 at 7:38 pm

Mike sees the rest of the world as his own personal Pokemon Go software.

#15 The Guy From Guernsey on 03.10.23 at 8:40 pm

Say, are there still spare pieces of granite which might be dedicated to creating some of the vanity stops on the self-congratulatory sidewalk pantheon of fame on the 6th St bridge – The Walkway of VUOPM (“Vision” Using Other People’s Money)?
Perhaps more Scope Reduction?
Or a big federal grant for repurposing / recycling building materials?

#16 D@ily Spin on 03.10.23 at 10:39 pm

Isn’t that the pedestal Huether used to be the same height as other men?

#17 scott on 03.11.23 at 10:48 am

much like the my pillow guy’s “proof” the election was stolen, mike z isn’t going tell us where the base of the statue or the ark of the covenant is hidden.

#18 Mike Lee Zitterich on 03.11.23 at 12:49 pm

Look harder, pay attention to details, look where no one does, they are there, each marks each of the two former town sites, one north 3rd street, and one between 7th street and 10th street. Think people Think back to 1860,a and where the two towns once stood…got to view the city form its original layout…

#19 anominous on 03.12.23 at 11:52 am

hey mike, i seen your in that Patriot Ripple Effect group. What was it like to have KRisti noem herself come to town just to pander to you?

#20 History nerd on 03.12.23 at 12:55 pm

I think back to 1860 often. Who’s going to win, Lincoln or Douglas? But then there was no McDonalds, no Starbucks, no Youtube… How did we survive without Youtube? And we had to rely on the telegraph to check our daily emails. Little did we know back then, in 1860, that we would soon all have to head for Yankton as well with some granite placards in hand like Dolly Madison saving the Washington portrait.

#21 "Woodstock" on 03.12.23 at 3:40 pm

“‘Patriot Ripple Effect’?”…. “That sounds like when a Trumpster passes some gas”…. (…. “Patriot my ass”….)

#22 Mike Zitterich on 03.12.23 at 3:41 pm

Anominous @ 3.12.23

I am not officially part of any group, I am simply a respectful person who contributes dialogue. I am concentrate on my own website now. ty

#23 Signer19 on 03.13.23 at 8:52 pm

The signs mike references have nothing to do with David.

#24 anominous on 03.14.23 at 1:12 pm

@Mike, I seen you was on board right here: https://www.patriotrippleeffect.com/endorsements

#25 Barney Ripple on 03.15.23 at 4:01 pm

Has anyone seen my granite placards? I was going to use them to build a Flintstones style playhouse for my kids in our backyard.