What was the point of that! This News from the BBC :
A statue of King Alfred which stands in the centre of an Oxfordshire town has had its right arm – which brandished a battle axe – cut off and smashed.
Only a pile of rubble was left after the attack in Wantage.
Police said CCTV footage showed a group of boys climbing on the statue shortly after midnight on Monday.
Pc Lewis Boyce said it appeared a couple saw what happened and confronted the youths about the damaged statue. She appealed for them to get in touch.
The town’s mayor, Lorraine Todd, called the vandalism of the statue, which has stood in the centre of the town since 1877, a “wanton attack” on residents.
She personally added £300 to the town council’s £200 reward for information.
Pc Lewis Boyce, of Thames Valley Police, said: “The statue is a significant piece of the town’s heritage and has been in place since 1877, so it is important to get it restored as soon as possible.
“This is an example of thoughtless and disrespectful vandalism.
“There were lots of people who were celebrating New Year’s Eve in the market place and expressed disappointment that the statue was damaged.”
What is makes me wonder is the lack of respect.. Why would people do that…? A traffic cone on the head is one thing… it is easy to remove, and not harmful – in fact the statue to the Duke of Wellington, the conqueror of Napoleon at the Battle of Waterloo in 1815, is not supposed to have a traffic cone.
Wellington stands imposingly outside the Gallery of Modern Art in Glasgow and some years ago, a cone appeared overnight, presumably the result of a youthful prank. Although it was removed, it kept magically re-appearing and eventually the authorities gave up.
It has become such a landmark that the statue and its cone have featured in tourist guidebooks. A few years ago, when Greater Glasgow & Clyde Valley Tourist Board wanted photographs to launch their new Web site, they removed the cone. Immediately, the Lord Provost, Alex Mosson, expressed disappointment, saying that it highlighted the Glaswegian sense of humour. His predecessor, ex-Provost Pat Lally joined in and also agreed it should stay. The end result is that Wellington (and sometimes his horse too) can be seen sporting traffic cones! Not that anyone is suggesting that the Provost and ex-Provost were personally involved….
But often it is just louts… mindless louts who destroy becuase they don’t have anything to add to the world. Wilfull damage of public property…this is damaging to tourism, and so to the local’s income… like the Little Mermaid Statue in Copenhagen.. a very sorry tale…
The oft-attacked 5.5-foot-high statue was toppled from its stone base at the entrance of the Copenhagen harbor early Thursday. Police learned what happened at about 3 a.m.
“Explosive or tools might have been used to knock her over,” police superintendent Henning Schou Kofoed said. “She was fastened with four strong bolts that all were bent.”
Police said several witnesses heard an explosion shortly before 2 a.m. No arrests have been made.
Vandals have often targeted the 90-year-old statue. She has been beheaded twice. Once, her arm was amputated. Hooligans have doused her in paint six times, most recently in May.
Each time, city officials fix and clean the statue, which draws at least 1 million visitors a year.
The Little Mermaid will need several repairs this time. She had a 2.8-inch wide hole in the knee and a smaller hole in the wrist, possibly from explosives, as well as scratches on her face.
Explosives! Good Grief! But then, lets not forget the Buddhas of Bamyan, destroyed in 2001 in a massive act of cultrural vandalism. Actually, this is getting depressing… I better stop!
Here is a video about rebuilding the Buddha
King Alfred (his story)
Rampant Scotland (the text and photo of Wellington)
Gallery of Modern Art (Glasgow)