Five sculptures vandalized across Auckland as thieves target parks
CCTV footage shows the shameless theft of a valuable sculpture. Video / Provided
Vandals and thieves are targeting sculptures around Auckland, with five incidents in recent weeks.
Auckland Council’s director of public art, Hayley Woters, told the Herald she was aware of four separate sculptures across Auckland that were damaged, including the Matakana War Memorial.
One such incident damaged a work of art so badly that it was deemed beyond repair.
Christine Hellyar’s Ōwairaka – Statue of a Masked Woman, was vandalized on May 4 and will now need to be removed from Alie Wylie’s stash.
Woters says this incident was reported to police as a willful damage incident – and there are several others.
“Francis Upritchard’s artwork Loafers has had a piece stolen. It is currently being appraised for repair. The Five Rams at Myers Park and the Matakana War Memorial have suffered deliberate damage and are currently doing subject to evaluation for repair.”
Police are also aware of a fifth sculpture, which was stolen from the Pah Homestead in Hillsborough.
The sculpture, Split by Marté Szirmay, is valued at $40,000 and thieves were caught on CCTV packing it into the back of a silver sedan.
While the two men were recorded stealing the bronze artwork, they were wearing balaclavas and masks and are difficult to identify.
Police have asked anyone with information about the location of the sculpture or who has seen anything suspicious in the vicinity to contact them on 105.