Wednesday, January 25, 2006

The Meltdown Mob

Re my item from the 18th January about the 38 tonne steel sculpture that has gone missing from storage in Madrid. Well it looks like this could be an international problem.

Item today in the English press:-

POLICE are hunting a gang dubbed “The Meltdown Mob” — believed to have stolen up to TWENTY metal statues from public places. Their latest haul was revealed yesterday as part of a £600,000 bronze sculpture, The Watchers. It comes just four weeks after the mob’s biggest coup — the £3million Reclining Figure stolen from the Henry Moore Foundation in Hertfordshire.

The Watchers, by artist Lynn Chadwick, has stood at Roehampton University in South-West London since 1963. But on January 10 this year, the 7ft-tall right-hand was hauled from its concrete plinth, probably by a rope tied to a lorry.

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