Golden artwork scorched by vandals

The public artwork in Settlers Square after the vandalism. 185166_01 Picture: CAM LUCADOU-WELLS

By Cam Lucadou-Wells

Police are searching for a vandal who attempted to torch a public artwork in central Dandenong.

The In Transit permanent sculpture in Settlers Square, Foster Street was set alight about 11pm on 10 September.

A PSO at the Dandenong railway station across the road spotted the fire and promptly extinguished it.

Greater Dandenong Council’s Paul Kearsley, who is the group manager of Greater Dandenong Business, said it was disappointing that “vandals have treated this much loved piece of public art with such disregard”.

“Artwork such as this is designed to highlight undervalued spaces in the City of Greater Dandenong and create a point of interest for passers-by.

“Thankfully as the work is made from steel and bronze damage to the artwork is negligible.”

In Transit is by artist Martin George and recognises Dandenong as a distribution hub, Mr Kearsley said.

“It was created as a talking point for commuters as they travel from the station to the shopping precinct and is part of Council’s permanent public art collection.”

Any information to Greater Dandenong CIU on 9767 7487 or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or crimestoppersvic.com.au.

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