28 statues of angels torn down on the side of a Tehran highway
In one night, 28 out of 30 angel shaped statues have been mysteriously cut from their bases. 23 statues are lying down on the ground and 5 others have disappeared. The motive of this act still remains a mystery and no possible suspect has yet been found.
Commissioned by the Municipality of Tehran and created by Amir Mobed, the 30 angel shaped statues are made of white color coated iron sheets and they were erected last spring on the side of Hakim highway in Tehran.
Talking to ISNA, Amir Mobed said he doubts thefts was the motive behind this this act since the statues were made of sheet iron and didn't have much value. He also said cutting these statues is a very difficult tasks and they must have used a gas torch for it.
Behdad Lahouti, another artists who was involved in the project, also expressed disappointment that their work had been destroyed like this and said we should not allow such things to happen.
Related Story: Stolen Statues Spark Conspiracy Theories (May 2010)
Tehran swirling with rumours about who lies behind theft of bronze monuments. In the febrile political atmosphere of Tehran, the disappearance of at least ten large bronze statues is being blamed on religious radicals, revolutionary guards, even British art dealers, according to which rumour you listen to.
The disappearances began in March and were regarded by city officials as petty theft. But the thieves would have needed cranes and heavy equipment to dislodge and remove the statues and yet no one saw anything, even though they were in streets and parks and mostly on open view.
On May 3, when the number of stolen statues in Tehran had reached nine, the municipality finally called in the police. Tehran police chief Hossein Sajedi said, "The thieves used special equipment to pull off these heists and this is an organised crime." (read more)
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