Vandals destroy $30,000 sculpture

November 02, 1994|By John Dorsey

Vandals over the weekend destroyed a $30,000 sculpture that was part of a C. Grimaldis Gallery outdoor sculpture show at the Inner Harbor.

The sculpture, "Mercury's Caduceus" by John Van Alstine, was an 89-inch-high abstract work consisting of two pieces of granite joined by an elbow of bronze. The sculpture was toppled and destroyed beyond repair, said Mr. Grimaldis.

The sculpture was one of four on a plaza outside Constellation Place, a building at Pratt and Light streets. The show was installed in mid-September and was to have remained until the end of this month. The other sculptures were removed yesterday, Mr. Grimaldis said.

He said the show was to have inaugurated a series at the space, with another scheduled for the spring. He does not plan to continue the series. "I can't take the responsibility or the expense of putting those things up there and having people who have nothing better to do destroy them," he said, adding:

"I guess we have reached the point that everything has to be locked up in this city."

Mr. Van Alstine said yesterday from his studio in upstate New York, "I am disappointed, I guess. Any time you put a work out in public you're always taking a chance, so it's not a total surprise."


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