Carthay Circle statue stolen

posted by Michael Zoldessy on February 14, 2008 at 11:00 am

LOS ANGELES, CA — The bronze statue of a miner located across the street from the former Carthay Circle Theatre has been stolen, possibly for scrap. This was one of the last remnants of the once glorious square where the movie palace stood.

When neighbors in the Carthay Circle community heard the news, they feared it had been stolen for scrap, like so much copper wire and plumbing around the region, as prices for metal have soared.

“I think someone stole him to have him melted down,” said Judy Moore, president of the Carthay Circle Neighborhood Assn. “I don’t want to see him as rain gutters. It just breaks my heart. He was part of neighborhood history.”

Los Angeles police are investigating the theft and others, and they suspect the miner was indeed taken for scrap. Nationwide, bronze, brass and copper artworks are vanishing into scrap yards, destined for the foundry furnace.

Read more in the L.A. Times.

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Comments (3)

LawMann
LawMann on February 15, 2008 at 1:47 pm

Unfortunately there are lazy bums who would rather steal than to work.

Manwithnoname
Manwithnoname on February 15, 2008 at 3:22 pm

The statue has been found (cut into two pieces at the knees) in a scrap yard. Two suspects were arrested.

GaryParks
GaryParks on February 15, 2008 at 8:04 pm

Glad to hear the statue has been found. Maybe a replica could be made of a durable synthetic material, and the original put in a museum for safekeeping.

This business of destroying metal sculptures and melting them down to make much more banal things in the name of quick profit has a parallel in ancient Rome. Rome was swarming with bronze statuary in Imperial times. Nearly all of it was melted down after the breakup of the Empire. There exists one notable survivor, a statue of Marcus Aurelius riding a horse. It was spared because it was mistaken to be a statue of Constantine, the first Christian emperor. Later, in safer, more historically enlightened times, its true identity was confirmed, and so it survives.

It’s such a shame that we are losing things like this due to meth addicts. I have a degree of compassion for addicts, but absolutely none for those who manufacture. I won’t comment further on the depths our culture has sunk due to the dispicable drug trade. I’d be here all night.

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