I promise, I had nothing to do with it!
When I opened the morning paper today, there they were again – the sculptures that I had pre-scheduled a post about for my blog today. If you did not already read that, please do so before you continue.
The night between Thursday and Friday, someone pushed the red poodle over, and it lost its head. I cannot say I’m surprised. I saw “concerned parents” in the park earlier in the week testing the stability of the giant dogs before letting (or not letting) their children climb up and ride them. Watching, I thought to myself: I wonder how long they’ll remain upright?
The only really astonishing thing about the article is the interview with the manager of the art museum. He is Upset with People. He says Parents must act Responsible and not let their children climb Valuable Sculptures. He also says the sculptures are placed too close to the playground in the park! Excuse me… Who exactly was it decided where to put them…???
It might also be noted that there is no sign about that actually forbids climbing the statues. A sign of course would not stop the children; but just possibly might be of help to some responsible adults. (I swear that passing by, I’ve heard parents expressing concerned doubts: “I’m not sure you’re really supposed to…”)
It cannot really be a big surprise to anyone that children like to climb things like these; nor that drunken teens might find it a challenge to try their strength on them. Another sculpture was pushed into the river two years ago.
Not that there should be drunken teens in the park at night, but we all know there are:
“Morning after” evidence from another weekend.
Anyways. The headless poodle (also missing its tail) has been taken away for repair, “and I’m not sure if we’re going to put it back”, says the sulking manager of the art museum.
I’m just a little bit annoyed with myself for not also getting a photo of the poodle from behind, before it lost its tail. I’m not sure what that looked like…
Eeyore and his lost tail (web image).
*The first two photos are from the web edition of the newspaper.