POSTED BY admin | December 3rd, 2010
Shetty’s cast models of 42 (now 40) ‘crashed’ Volkswagen Beetles draw attention to the environmental damage caused by the combustion engine - It is not without irony that attention is now fixed on the damage caused to the sculpture itself.
As reported on Novemeber 25th, a car from Indian artist, Sudarshan Shetty’s ‘A History of Loss’ sculpture has again, been stolen. The young contemporary artist is one of India’s rising stars and the theft is a mark of deep disrespect to the artist who made his Canadian debut with the Vancouver Biennale. The loss of the car affects the value of the work and the experience of this unique piece has been compromised.
Last time a car was stolen, an anonymous tip to Crime Stoppers led to its discovery in someone’s living room. Someone knows where it is. It would be great of the public acted in the same way they did before and advised The Vancouver Biennale of its whereabouts. Whilst one missing car provided a comment on the title of the sculpture, the second theft has archived the story of A History of Loss as one of damage and vandalism.
Vancouverites have stood up to cases of graffiti vandalism in the past and their positive actions are recognized by all the staff members and friends of the Vancouver Biennale. We urge the community to respond to this incident in the same, valiant way that they have done before and thank you for your help.