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Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Sculpture and Scrap Metal Vandalism


Figurative sculpture is an odd beast.

Because it is life-like, even if it's badly done, it is more animate than abstract works. That makes the vandalism of it more macabre. Meth-heads often ruin bronze sculpture and memorial markers to sell to scrap metal dealers. Fine art for 79 cents per pound.

Here is a pair of severed hands that were sold to a scrap metal dealer. Portland police are asking for anyone who might recognize them or the sculpture they came from to contact Brent Bates at bbates@portlandpolice.org if you have any information that might be helpful.

2 comments:

danger garden said...

So sad. Why must people be so evil!

Patrick Gracewood said...

Hello, Danger Garden.
I dont know that people are, but meth certainly is evil. A doctor friend says "It prunes the dendritic branches", meaning it cuts things in the brain that shouldn't be cut..... and then folks do really stupid things.