Monday, May 27, 2024

Great fall for iconic Tauranga statue

All the king’s horses and all the king’s men couldn’t save Tauranga’s Humpty Dumpty from being vandalised this week.
 
Gareth Wallis, General Manager: Community Services at Tauranga City Council says the statue was attacked by vandals earlier this week.
 
“The statue has been seriously damaged this time round. It looks like someone has taken a sledgehammer to it. Most of Humpty’s right arm has been reduced to dust, and his head is badly chipped in places as well.”
 
The statue has delighted children at the park’s playground since 1959. 
 
“It’s very disappointing, as all vandalism is. I remember Humpty from when I was a kid myself. We’re not sure it can be repaired, but we’d like to try,” said Mr Wallis.
 
Tauranga City Council is now looking for expert craftspeople to help repair the iconic character’s statue.
 
“We’re looking for a sculptor or concrete worker to repair the damage to Humpty’s arm and body, and for an artist to repaint the statue. If you think you can help, please get in touch with us.”
 
Potential repairers should contact Phill Everett on 07 577 7000 by Christmas Eve.
 
Council says the statue has been made safe until it can be removed from the site.

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