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Self Expression or Vandalism?

August 26, 2008

A sad thing – the brass plaque that identified the bench specially designed for Arnold Circus by top furniture-maker Michael Marriott has been ripped off. It must have taken someone really determined.

Michael Marriott's bench

Michael Marriott's bench


The other bench, a vintage one that was restored by old pupils of Virginia School still had its plaque, but it is covered with scrawls and graffiti. The consultants, Bold Creative, say the urge to tag is a desire to make your own statement. I wonder if the old guys from the New Cambridge Boys Club who got together to fund that bench will see it like that when they make their special journey to see it?

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. Hank permalink
    August 29, 2008 5:42 pm

    I’m sad to hear this news. Metal prices are so high now that it wouldn’t surprise me if this was theft rather than vandalism. Even the small scraps of metal are getting nicked. Either way, I hope it gets replaced.

  2. friendsofarnoldcircus permalink
    September 2, 2008 7:48 am

    Yes, we will replace it, but the trouble is money (of course). We drew up a budget that raised funding for the bench from the splendid Tower Hill Trust, but – hey – we did not think to include an item: ‘Future Vandalism: £100’.

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