Four sculptures removed from Snoopy trail due to vandalism

Four sculptures have been removed from a new art trail after incidents of vandalism. The statues are large representations of the famous dog Snoopy designed by local artists in South Wales.

The sculptures are part of the ‘A Dog’s Trail’ project comprising 40 large Snoopy statues and 75 smaller ones scattered around South Wales. The trail was launched on Friday April 8 and a day later it was targeted by vandals.

Now trail organizers are asking the public to be very careful when interacting with the trail. They say the damage is “devastating” for everyone involved.

Read more: Here’s everything you need to know about the trail.

In a statement on social media, organizers of the A Dog trail said: “We are sorry to bring you such sad news so early in the trail, but unfortunately we had to remove the dour from our Snoopy sculptures from the trail in due to vandalism.

“It is devastating, not only for us but for the artists who have worked so hard in their creations, the sponsors of the sculpture and of course the public who want to enjoy this magnificent artistic path. bring the people of South Wales together, to be a tourist in your own towns and take pride in the creativity of the region.

“We hope to fix the sculptures and have them join the pack, but we urge the public to take care of our Snoopy sculptures, to be proud of the artwork and not to climb or hang on it, for the keep looking their best so we can raise as much money as possible at the auction in June to help Dogs Trust continue to care for dogs across Wales.

“We are also in contact with the police about the damage.”

The four sculptures removed from the Snoopy Trail following vandalism

The four sculptures are:

  • Welsh Wildflowers – rear of Caerphilly Castle
  • Tally – Llandaff Fields
  • Peek a Boop – Victoria Park
  • A Dog’s Dream – City Hall

The artist behind Victoria Park Snoopy, Layla Holzer, 37, said: “I don’t really have much to say other than it’s devastating to see the sculptures treated like this. Myself and the other artists have spent many hours creating these for the public to enjoy and ultimately for charity to see attacks directed at them is very disheartening for all involved and for those who visit the trail. that mine can be repaired at Snoopy vets so he can join the pack.”

The Snoopy in Victoria Park, Cardiff, is the second statue to be damaged
The Snoopy in Victoria Park, Cardiff, is one of four damaged statues

Launching the trail, Project Manager Rebecca Staden said: “We are delighted to finally be able to launch our Snoopy sculptures in South Wales and look forward to seeing everyone exploring the city over the next eight next weeks. A Dog’s Trail will provide everyone, two and four legged alike, a fabulous day out and allow people to explore parts of South Wales they may not have visited before, whilst helping to support the care we provide to thousands of dogs in South Wales each year. .”

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