A SCULPTURE said to ‘symbolise the balanced relationship that exists between nature and mankind’ at Glenarm Forest … has been attacked by vandals.
The sculpture was badly damaged in recent days and now a Mid & East Antrim Borough Council spokesperson has said: “Officers will be examining the damage caused to the sculpture over the coming days and will take action, as appropriate, to ensure that the condition of the sculpture does not present a danger to the public.
“In the meantime, we would encourage anyone who has any knowledge of the incident which caused the damage to the sculpture to report it to the PSNI by calling 101.”
The Larne Times said a resident contacted them this week to voice concern about the incident.
The man, who wished to remain anonymous, said: “The sculpture was chopped at the base and it must have taken a while because it is as thick as a medium size tree. It was very crudely chopped.
“The statue is just lying there as it fell. It’s an awful shame as it delighted children as well as adults. The attack must have happened in the middle of the night, but it would have involved walking into the forest for a kilometre or so with an axe, so it was planned. People are very angry.”
Around four years ago thieves stole a wooden salmon sculpture from Glenarm Forest.
A sign at the forest tells how four sculptures – a salmon, squirrel, totem pole and ‘Spirit of the Forest’ – ‘symbolise the balanced relationship that exists between nature and mankind in this special place’.