Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Missing


In front of Copenhagen Cathedral, the Church of Our Lady (Vor Frue Kirke) something seems out of place. On the right side of the entrance stands a large statue of Moses, on the left side stands ... an empty pedestal with a wanted poster for a mole. On it should have been King David, but he has disappeared. The story goes like this: In June 2008 a lorry crashed into King David and damaged the pedestal. The statue was sent to a workshop in South Harbour for repairs and storage, but on October 17th 2008 the 2.5 ton statue was stolen during the night. It hasn't been found again. Now the battle is raging between the church and the sculptor who should pay for a new one.

The original statue of King David
before its disappearance


And the mole? Well, on July 17th 2009 someone placed a little figurine of a mole in a heap of dirt on top of the pedestal. It got a week before it too was stolen in the middle of the night. All that is left on the empty pedestal is a little notice with a photo of the mole and the text: Wanted. Please come home again. David's Square. North Street. Maybe someone is starting his very own art collection and doesn't have the money to pay for it?