Heartbreak as Peterborough mosaic sculpture destroyed by vandals

A Peterborough artist has been left heartbroken after vandals destroyed a mosaic sculpture in a community park.

Friday, 23rd April 2021, 8:24 am
Updated Friday, 23rd April 2021, 8:56 am
The vandalised sculpture at Connect Park.
The vandalised sculpture at Connect Park.

Vandals targeted the mosaic sculpture at Connect Park, situated in the green space between Gladstone Street and Bourges Boulevard, completely destroying both the rock sculpture and the mosaics that had been later added.

The rock sculpture was placed at the park when it opened in May 2019 by local sculptor Claire Pope, with fellow local artist Mahemuda Arsalani later commissioned to create colourful mosaic motifs to fix to the mock boulder.

Muni, who owns Muni’s Mosaics, was commissioned by Helena Hansen-Fure at Peterborough City Council to deliver mosaic workshops within the local community to create the designs. Children and adults created mosaic hearts, mandala circles, flowers and dragonflies that went onto adorn the sculpture.

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What the sculpture originally looked like.

Muni has been left heartbroken though now after discovering yesterday (April 22) that the sculpture had been vandalised.

In a Facebook post, she wrote: “Just received the heartbreaking news of our Connect Park community sculpture which has been smashed to smithereens.

“Did the mindless vandals consider the hours of planning, hard work, thought and love that went into creating this piece of art FOR and With the community?

“Yes vandals- for YOUR community space. Sadly this is nothing new.

“Just no words to convey the sadness and disappointment.”