The sculpture “Sinnataggen” will now be removed for a period after it has been bitten, Oslo Municipality writes in a press release.
Some have tried to saw off the ankle of the sculpture in Vigelandsparken in Oslo, the municipality writes.
– This is damage to a protected cultural monument and the matter will be reported to the police, Oslo Municipality writes.
The vandalism happened on Tuesday night.
The head of the Vigeland Museum thinks it’s sad.
– We want the audience to have close access to the art of Vigeland and it is a pity that this happens. We hope to resolve the matter quickly and that the sculpture returns to the bridge as soon as possible, writes museum director Jarle Strømodden in Vigelandsmuseet in the press release.
– It is of course very unfortunate and very sad, says communications adviser at the Ministry of Culture, Tone Kjensmo, to Dagbladet.
She states that they are working on the police report, but that it has not been delivered yet.
– It should be said that there have been cases of vandalism in the past as well. It is 17 years since the last time vandalism was carried out, so it has been quite a long time without anything happening.
She can not say anything about how long “Sinnataggen” will be gone.
– It is taken down and sent for examination to be preserved. We know there are many who enjoy the park in these times. We experience that the park is a good offer and “Sinnataggen” is a famous sculpture there, says Kjensmo.
The police’s operations manager Per Ivar Iversen tells Dagbladet that the police have been on the scene today. They were notified of the vandalism a little before 13.30.
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