Oddities&Endities

Tuesday, July 11, 2006

Now you see it...


Anyone seen our missing 38-ton sculpture?
By Fiona Govan in Madrid
(Filed: 11/07/2006)

The disappearance of a 38-ton metal sculpture, last exhibited in Spain's greatest modern art museum, has mystified police.
The work by the American artist Richard Serra was commissioned in 1986 by Madrid's Reina Sofia museum, where it was displayed for five years before being removed and placed in storage.
Records revealed that the huge piece, comprising four solid steel blocks, was last seen in 1995 when it was being stored in the open air on an industrial estate in a suburb of Madrid.
Eight years later the labour ministry chose the plot to construct a building to house new archives. The sculpture was never heard of again.
A police investigation concluded that theft was implausible. The piece, which had taken five cranes to move, was thought to be too awkward to handle, and it was worth almost nothing.
Daily Telegraph

2 Comments:

Blogger gazza27 said...

Maybee,nowone realised it was a work of art and thought it was just scap metal,it's not as if it's been stolen,like where could you hide it?

7:07 PM  
Blogger ByronB said...

One theory is that it has been 'added to' the foundations of a nearby building!

The Tate Modern had better keep a close eye on their stuff!

1:42 AM  

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