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Horror as callous vandals pick up $15,000 artwork and throw it off the cliffs at Bondi festival

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Sculpture In The Sea: Horror as callous vandals pick up a $15,000 artwork and throw it off the cliffs at Bondi festival

  • One of the sculptures at the Bondi Sculptures by the Sea festival thrown off cliff 
  • The artwork had estimated value of $15,000 and was secured by a cement base 
  • Police were called to the incident thought to have happened 6am October 26 
  • The sculpture broke apart but the pieces were retrieved and it will be repaired 

A group of vandals threw a large artwork off a cliff and into the sea at Bondi’s Sculture By The Sea.

The sculpture titled The Poetry of Logical Ideas was targeted by vandals about 6am last Saturday.

The large metal sphere, weighing about 250kg, broke apart on impact at the bottom of the cliffs before it was recovered and re-assembled.

The large metal sphere shaped work (pictured), weighing about 250kg, broke apart on impact at the bottom of the cliffs and the parts have been retrieved

The large metal sphere shaped work (pictured), weighing about 250kg, broke apart on impact at the bottom of the cliffs and the parts have been retrieved 

‘It was on a cement base. The whole lot was lifted up. A couple of people couldn’t have done it. It needed three or four people,’ Sculpture by the Sea director David Handley told The Daily Telegraph

Other artists in this year’s festival are taking up a collection to try and help compensate the artist – Simon Hodgson, 47, of Empire Bay on the Central Coast. 

The item has a list price of $15,000 in this year’s festival catalogue. 

Mr Hodgson said he had been pleased with how the artwork had turned out and it was very disappointing to hear what had happened to it. 

‘Sculpture by the Sea has always been a good event for me, and when you are dealing with the public you’ve always got to be prepared,’ said Mr Hodgson. 

‘To be honest I’m not sure how they did it, but it would have taken a fair bit of effort,’ the artist said. 

He said he doesn’t make artworks for profit but because he enjoys it.

Artists on average spend about $18,000 on making their artworks and transporting them to the Bondi coastline for the event.  

Mr Handley said police were called to the festival after the vandalism was discovered and he was hoping the culprits would own up. 

Officers from Eastern Suburbs Area Command are currently investigating the vandalism.

They urge anyone with information about the incident to contact Waverley Police Station on 02 9369 9899 or call Crime Stoppers. 

The item has a list price of $15,000 in this year's festival catalogue and is going to be repaired

The item has a list price of $15,000 in this year’s festival catalogue and is going to be repaired 

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