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 email@example.com if you have any information that might be helpful.