When Suzanne got up this morning, she discovered that “Ladders” had been vandalized. During the night, someone had knocked it over, though I have to admit, it looks like they did so very carefully. None of the top limbs were broken and there doesn’t seem to be any damage anywhere else. Still, it’s disappointing that this would happen. But, given what has happened in the four years we’ve lived here, not all that surprising.
This is not the first incident we’ve experienced. During the 2008 election, we had three Obama signs stolen from our yard and just this past March, we had a “War is not the answer” sign that we’ve had since the first days of the Afghanistan War back in 2001 taken. I’d like to think that these are all pranks by neighbor kids, but they are irritating, nonetheless.
I reported the latest incident to the police just so they will keep an eye on things. For now, I’m going to leave my sculpture in its “prone” position and treat it as a crime scene. One of the things I learned last year was that these pieces evolve in the time that they are on exhibit, whether by my hand or by the hand of nature. Now, I see that they can also evolve by the hand of others.