P500,000 bronze statue in Luneta stolen-A A +A
Monday, October 21, 2013
A three-foot bronze sculpture with an estimated value of P500,000 was stolen in Rizal Park in Manila on Monday.
According to Fidel Sarmiento, president of the Art Association of the Philippines that a bronze-crown statue made by renowned brass artist Juan Sajid Imao was reported missing inside the park’s Kanlungan ng Sining Hall which is near the National Library compound.
Sarmiento said that the P500,000-sculpture was stolen while the said portion of the park is currently undergoing renovation.
The sculpture was originally seen along the pedestal of the Kanlungan ng Sining Hall before it was reported missing.
The president of the Art Association of the Philippines said that one of the suspected robbers reportedly works for the private company which was tasked on the renovation of the said hall inside Rizal Park.
The Manila Police District (MPD) is still studying several close circuit television (CCTV) camera footage inside the country’s national park.
Imao was the same artist behind the 40-foot bronze statue of Lapu-Lapu in Luneta and the brass sundial in the Bonifacio Global City in Taguig. He is also the son of National Artist Abdulmari Imao. (Sunnex)