Vandals strike a third time on North Perth sculpture

Gianluca, Massimo, Deborah and Angelo Paiano with the damaged Ellesmere Park sculpture.       Picture: Caitlin Tiller       
Gianluca, Massimo, Deborah and Angelo Paiano with the damaged Ellesmere Park sculpture.       Picture: Caitlin Tiller       

A NORTH Perth family are disappointed a “random act of stupidity” has yet again damaged a nearby sculpture.

Angelo Paiano said the number of people who stopped for photos at the popular Scrabble-like sculpture was “unbelievable”.

Mr Paiano and his wife Deborah, who live opposite Ellesmere Park, said they noticed the letter ‘I’ had been knocked off overnight on November 1.

“It’s a very safe area, very family orientated, so it’s pretty sad some people being idiots had nothing better to do,” Mr Paiano said. The couple said their children played at the park daily and vandals “spoiled it for everyone”.

Mr Paiano said illumination of the sculpture could possibly deter vandals.

The ‘Imag_ne’ sculpture by artist Emma Anna was installed in 2011 and has been targeted three times by vandals.

City of Vincent chief executive Len Kosova said damage in May last year cost the City $1958.

“Imag_ne has proven to be a delightful and photogenic public artwork that engages the audience,” Mr Kosova said.

“The City will look at repairing the artwork with more reinforcement to strengthen it.”

Mr Kosova said repairs were estimated at $2000.