The damaged worm at the Dunedin Botanic Garden. Photo by Stephen Jaquiery.
Closed-curcuit television is to be installed at the Dunedin
Botanic Garden after vandals damaged the city's latest piece
of public art.
Someone entered the garden at the weekend and put a dint in
the steel worm sculpture, also known as Ouroboros. The
sculpture was installed in mid-December.
Dunedin City Council parks manager Mick Reece said the
botanic garden team had been intending to install security
video for some time, but the weekend's vandalism had made it
''We are going to get CCTV in there. We can't afford for
people to keep on doing that kind of damage. It's not just
the worm; that's a pretty central part of the garden and
unfortunately we get idiots who, for one reason or another,
want to do silly things.''
Some sort of vandalism of the $85,000 piece, such as
graffiti, had not been entirely unexpected, he said.
''You get used to people trying to take a crack at public
pieces of art, but I hadn't actually thought someone would
physically try and damage the worm.''
It was unclear what was used to inflict the damage, but it
must been very heavy, as the worm was made of thick
marine-grade stainless steel.
Local engineers, who were in discussion with the
Hamilton-based fabricators of the piece, were going to try to
fix the damage in the first instance, Mr Reece said.
''It's not actually broken, so I'm hoping they can put it