Algoma Street Statue Vandalized

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Councillors Angus and Johnson with Algoma Street artwork
Councillors Angus and Johnson with Algoma Street artwork

Councillors Angus and Johnson with Algoma Street artwork
Councillors Angus and Johnson with Algoma Street artwork

THUNDER BAY – The statues just unveiled on Algoma Street have generated controversy on social media this week. It now appears someone has decided to make a statement on the artwork with vandalism.

Thunder Bay Police are investigating an incident which occurred during the evening hours of Friday 2 Sept 2016.

Police received a call at 08:08AM EDT on Sat 3 Sept 2016 that unknown person had spray painted the newly erected statues on Algoma Street near Bay Street.

Currently there are no suspects however police are continuing the investigation.

Anyone with information should call police at 684-1200 or Crime Stoppers www.tipsubmit.com.

Public artwork in Thunder Bay often generates controversy. The statues on Algoma Street cost the city $114,000, along with an additional reported $10,000 to prepare the area for the installation.

The “Twin Sticks” at the Marina Park totalled $900,000, and the “Tear Drops” at Marina Park another $40,000.

Many see the public expenditure as wasteful, others see the issue of paying those kinds of fees to artists from outside the region as simply wrong.

However to vandalize the artwork isn’t an acceptable response to the issue either.