Sea Point sculptures vandalised again

2011-10-26 09:48
Yaƫl Malgas
Cape Town - The sculptures of the girl "who wants to fly like a dragonfly" are soon going back home for a little love.

This follows several recent incidents where the sculptures on the Sea Point promenade were the victim of vandals.

"I do not know what to say. I just know that I'm not going to exhibit my art there for much longer," said the sculptor, Marieke Prinsloo-Rowe.

Another sculpture was found in pieces on the promenade on Tuesday. The girl in her red and white bathing suit was thrown from her pedestal, or knocked off, and landed in pieces on the ground.

Remove the sculptures

"They're all going back to my studio, where they can receive love again. They are like children who have been away from home for a long tme," said Prinsloo-Rowe.

This is the third incident in the past five weeks.

"I don't think I will exhibit my art in public spaces again soon, but it was a privilege to have the opportunity."

According to Prinsloo-Rowe, Tuesday's incident was the last sign that she should remove the sculptures.

According to Calvyn Gilfellen, head of Cape Town Routes Unlimited, the message that the vandals send is one of contempt.

"It's a shame when an artist is driven so far that she wants to remove her art. What the incident says is that we don't care or have respect for the area," he said.



  • nathan.blows - 2011-10-26 10:02

    Well done, you brave vandals! What a way to show the rest of the world that we deserve the title of World Design Capital 2014.

  • Colin - 2011-10-26 10:21

    A sorry reflection upon all of us from a section of our society deprived of social etiquette, common decency and respect for a "gift " of art. CCCTV cameras are in order to protect this area going forward but these acts of abject stupidity brings an ugly scar to our brilliant lives within the Mother City. My apologies to Marieke for the suffering to her caused by these three events.

  • Mika - 2011-10-26 10:22

    not cool! not cool at all! what the hell is wrong with these idiots?!

  • Ian - 2011-10-26 10:25

    Thank You for making those sculptures, when I used to live in the Cape Id go jogging next to them, its really quite a shame, South Africa needs more Artists to cheer us up with their beautiful creations and instill some sense of culture in our society. Pity about this and I dont blame you for taking it down.

  • rosemary.gough - 2011-10-26 10:26

    I am so sad to loose those sculptures. I don't blame the artist for removing them, but am truly sad that so few can rob so many of us of the beauty of life. Shame on you vandals.

  • Patrick - 2011-10-26 10:37

    I have a feeling that the homeless people that had their "Garden of Hope" destroyed by the "police" a couple of weeks ago are now taking some revenge of their own.

  • Rubina - 2011-10-26 10:38

    Move them to the V&A Waterfront. I'm sure they'll be looked after better there

      barb.magill - 2011-11-21 12:46

      That is a good idea!!

  • michelle.blackie - 2011-10-26 10:49

    This is sad - I have visited the sculptures a few times and they have brought me momemts of joy and reflection... it makes no sense that someone would want to destroy these.

  • Daniel - 2011-10-26 11:04

    I'm going to stake out the crime scene myself,possible tonight, anyone want to join me, bring some weapons.. I'll have a knuckleduster and a bat with me, so we'll be safe enough..

      Rob - 2011-10-26 11:45

      Hahaha! That's quite a cool idea... We could be vigilanti art supporters.

      barb.magill - 2011-11-21 12:47

      good luck!! somebody needs to take a stand!

  • gillian.bush - 2011-10-26 11:41

    That is so sad. My family and I love looking at them on the occassions that we walk with our dogs on the promenade. My girls are going to be so upset, they love the story and sculptures so much. Thanks to the vandals for making life a little less colourful for the rest of us who use that part of the city!

  • David - 2011-10-26 12:25

    Walked with my granddaughter past your statues last week and she was so amazed by the "little girl who wanted to fly" Really sad.

  • Noelle - 2011-10-26 16:38

    It's sad that we can't even express ourselves in public - what happened to freedom of speech and expression! We are now the Design Capital but we can't even display our work?? Disgusting. Sorry Marieke - I loved your statues and send them love!

  • Andrew - 2011-10-26 16:58

    No public art should be vandalised and I condem the destruction of them but were the works Public Art? It is my understanding that there was no public process involved, no competition held and no public consent to their erection. These concrete blocks with little sculptures on them were lent to the city. Graffiti artists do exactly the same thing, they lend amazing art works on the walls of public buildings all around the city but this is regarded as vandalism because the artist uses a spray can. What makes these sculptures any different to graffiti art. As Cape Town enters the prestigious Design Capital for 2012, two items need to be addressed; the public process behind public art and the merit behind graffiti art which most people regard as vandalism. Although I condone the act of destroying these sculptures at least there was some degree of "public" participation! Perhaps next time they can use a spray can rather then a sledge hammer.

      Ian - 2011-10-27 17:49

      How could you condone the destruction of an art piece, just because the genre you hold dear to you isn't given the credit you think it deserves? Thats a weird way to look at the world, now this artist must suffer because others happen to be. If we applied that line of thinking to everything, can you imagine the outcome? And as far as Im concerned, the 'oppression' of graffitti adds to its appeal.

  • Karien - 2011-10-27 09:19

    The socalled 'vandal' is obviously a person (or band of persons) who have huge anger issues.. probably someone with a drug addiction who is scraping the bottom of the societal barrel and feels so disempowered that breaking something beautiful and uplifting releases alot of pent-up of frustrations. Newsflash: there are people like that in our world ~ they do not have a voice and revert to acts like these.. What does a responsiblke society do about it? Do we show them that the beauty will return, or do we take the beauty away? Please dear Prinsloo-Rowe ~ fix it up and bring it back! This time stick it up with better 'glue' and mobilise the pople who love your gorgeous works to pressurise their councilors into tending to the scourge of drug addiction and all the destruction that goes with it!

  • barb.magill - 2011-11-21 12:45

    I agree whole heartedly with Colin! It is so sad that this has to happen! What is wrong with the vandals? They are obviously brain damaged!!

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