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The missing fat men of Civic

By johnboy - 9 February 2011 12

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In the Canberra Times Claire Low is getting to the bottom of the missing fat men of the “On The Staircase” sculpture.

Director of artsACT David Whitney told Today the missing man was discovered on Monday morning, so the theft occurred some time over the past weekend.

The theft and damage was reported to ACT Policing and officers attended on Monday. They are investigating. This includes a review of closed circuit television footage. However, the surveillance of the artwork was reduced over the weekend because of the Multicultural Festival’s tents.

One hopes future public art is built drunk-proof.

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SimonBinns 4:27 pm 17 Feb 11

This makes me very sad.

I-filed 9:16 am 10 Feb 11

LSWCHP said :

Deref said :

Hope they catch the bastards who did it and put them in the stocks next to the sculpture.

Deref, thank you, you’ve made my day! I thought I was the only bloke in town who wanted the return of the public stocks.

Don’t get your hopes up – aren’t they more likely to allocate a case manager and consult them for their views on what public money can be spent on making them feel better?

Now we are two! 🙂

Keijidosha 9:11 am 10 Feb 11

“Director of artsACT David Whitney told Today the missing man was discovered on Monday morning”
This reads to me as though the missing man was found. (Although I know that isn’t the case.)

Also begs the question: If the tents are obstructing CCTV operation, why were they set up two weeks in advance of the festival?

LSWCHP 12:01 am 10 Feb 11

Deref said :

Hope they catch the bastards who did it and put them in the stocks next to the sculpture.

Deref, thank you, you’ve made my day! I thought I was the only bloke in town who wanted the return of the public stocks.

Now we are two! 🙂

zippyzippy 10:54 pm 09 Feb 11

Davo111 said :

Its going to be quite difficult attaching them back on permanently. My suggestion would be to build the fat men using two mild-steel stakes (as legs) which extends at least 40cm into the steps. Then drill holes into the steps, and insert the newly made fat guys with some epoxy.

At first I thought you were describing a way to electrify them. So that the next person that lays a thieving hand on the fat guy – zzzap!

Ernie 10:22 pm 09 Feb 11

I don’t go into civic much these days but passed this sculpture for the first time last week and went by again today and thought the little dude was missing. Hope he is returned to his place soon.

Davo111 9:42 pm 09 Feb 11

cranky said :

Why?

building his own park bench?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_BUFYh2Xnj4&t=1m14s

cranky 8:24 pm 09 Feb 11

There are some serious vandals in this town.

Working in the square to the north of Woden Plaza some months ago, noticed some really dedicated mongrel had used what could only have been a battery powered angle grinder to remove the aluminium arm from one of the park benches in this area. This was not an easy task.

Why?

astrojax 7:44 pm 09 Feb 11

he must have read toooooo much and disappeared altogether…

Davo111 7:14 pm 09 Feb 11

Its going to be quite difficult attaching them back on permanently. My suggestion would be to build the fat men using two mild-steel stakes (as legs) which extends at least 40cm into the steps. Then drill holes into the steps, and insert the newly made fat guys with some epoxy.

Deref 5:43 pm 09 Feb 11

Hope they catch the bastards who did it and put them in the stocks next to the sculpture.

zippyzippy 5:14 pm 09 Feb 11

Ack, it’s so sad that peoplel would damage this.

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