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On Tuesday, September 30th, a press release from the Energy Necklace exhibition on the Emerald Necklace in the Fens stated that eight sculptures in the exhibit had been vandalized and stolen. The exhibit had been open for a mere two weeks before the eight works of sculptor Peter Kronberg were destroyed and a delicate sculpture by artist Milan Kilc was crushed. The last attacks on the art occurred on the eve of September 26h, and on the morning of September 27th.
The art was displayed in the park by the Back Bay Fens walking path. Before it was vandalized, the art of Kronberg’s was meant to depict “two of the seven sources of leprosy mentioned in the Talmud and are metaphors for immoral acts that diminish society,” according to the press release sent out last week. His sculptures were made of thick panels of plaster and steel pipes, which allegedly had been vandalized by a kicking and striking with a large object, and body weight to bend the pipes and snap the sculpture. This vandalism was deliberate, planned, and carried out on more than one day.
Sculptor Kronberg describes feeling “like someone had hit me,” when he head the news that the public sculptures he had spent days working on were ruined. One would hope that all would have respect for art, but this vandalism indicates that is far from true.
“I am planning to leave the ruins on site to further discussion and comment about art in public, as well as whether the area is safe for students and others to enjoy it at night,” Kronberg explained when asked what was next for his work. The ruined art may stand as a reminder that it is not always safe out on these streets at night, especially after the armed robberies occurring lately in the Fenway area.
As an artist of any kind knows, it is devastating to watch hours of progress be gone in a second. Peter Kronberg and Milan Kilc were only looking to connect people in their work and make others happy. Kronberg says that while he is not usually attached to objects and things, this has been a deeply upsetting event. But he holds a positive outlook on the outcome of it all.
“I am enjoying the chance to engage people, not only around my art but also around the vandalism of my work and that of the other sculptor, Milan Kilc.”
If you know anything about the vandalism of the exhibit, please contact the Boston Police. The incidents are currently being investigated by detectives and officers of Precinct 4.