When I first read this article in the strib, my brain twisted. A vein bulged in my neck; one eye twitched. Have I turned into a junkie? No. I'm livid. TOTALLY PISSED OFF about the fuggin morons who took Theodore Wirth's legacy - tarred it, feathered it, chopped it up, and tried to sell it for scrap?!?!? The scrap yard refused to pay, and the thieves were apprehended. No one knows if the statues can be replaced yet.
They destroyed 2 statues valued at $10k each for a possible gain of $310. And that's just $ value - we all know the priceless value of art in public spaces. My first reaction: in the Twin Cities, what could they get with their dirty $310? a) tasting menus paired and wine flights at LBV, b) great tix to a show or sporting event, c) junk
It's not the first time a story has surfaced about folks stealing metal to sell for scrap in the Twin Cities. We know it's a problem around here...and even worldwide.
36 cast bronze botanical identification plaques stolen from North Mississippi Park.
Wherever you see (metal) scrapping, you'll see drug trafficking.
The Scrum for Scrap
Tougher Penalties for Scrap Thieves
photo by Ron Albertson This statue which had resembled the Ukrainian poet Taras Shevchenko was stolen and sold to a Burlington metal scrapyard in Canada.
When public park statues are chopped up, I get really pissed. First, it's not wire or pipe; it's art. Second, it's destroying the mark of the legacy of a philanthropist/hero/artist - someone who done good.
This is where my rage turns into sadness.
So (in the fashion of Pizza Man), I have written an open letter to the assholes who are stealing statues to sell for scrap metal.
Dear scrap metal thieves,
Do you realize the extent to which you are acting like complete shitheads!?!?!
Please KNOCK IT OFF.