The case of Carmen Tisch, the 36-year-old woman who scratched, punched, rubbed and then peed in close proximity to a $30 million painting at the new Clyfford Still Museum, is definitely weird. But it's certainly not the first act of strange art vandalism Colorado has seen (though it's in the running for the grossest, thanks to the pee).
Here's a list of five other instances of odd art vandalism.
5. Nude climber sculpture beheaded As explained in the 9News clip above, a statute of a bootylicious naked climber located in a roundabout in the western Colorado town of Silt was beheaded in April, making it the Ann Boleyn of nudie sculptures. Maybe Silt just wasn't ready for that jelly.
4. Denver police "clean up the neighborhood" -- and a work of art On August 24, 2008, the day before the Democratic National Convention began in downtown Denver, a crew of cops showed up at The Other Side Arts, a non-profit gallery at 1644 Platte Street, ready to power-paint. Their canvas? Two murals on the side of TOSA's building that the police thought looked suspiciously anarchist-y. After realizing their mistake, the city agreed to pay the artists to re-paint them.
3. Message to the Virgin Mary: Enough! In March, vandals reportedly struck at Our Lady of Guadalupe Church, spray-painting the Spanish word basta, which means "enough," across a mural of the Virgin Mary. The mural had been controversial for years, after a priest covered it up with a wall in 2009. His action sparked a heated campaign by some parishoners to reverse that decision. Apparently, someone -- someone high up? -- wanted the fighting to stop.
2. Sexy Jesus attacked with crowbar In October 2010, 56-year-old Kathleen Folden of Montana took a crowbar to a controversial work by California artist Enrique Chagoya called "The Misadventures of Romantic Cannibals" on display at the Loveland Museum/Gallery. Later, Folden, who is a trucker, explained why she did it on her blog:
Whereas, upon hearing about the crucifix soaking in urine, I was utterly livid, upon hearing about Jesus in a dress, having breasts, and being serviced by a man with a big, ugly, red tongue, I was utterly calm and steadfast.
That doesn't mean I was unafraid. My knees were unsteady and I asked God if I was indeed the right person for the job. Was he sure there wasn't someone who had a recent prison conversion who better knew the ins and outs of serving time and committing crimes? I didn't really even understand about bail, etc.
Those doubts were fleeting. If I could be a trucker in New York, I could and would do this. I put on the "Tougher Than Nails" T-shirt to draw strength from Jesus and to help feel His nearness.
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1. El Dildo Bandito strikes the Boulder Public Library Way back in 2001, 49-year-old Robert Rowan, a.k.a. El Dildo Bandito, absconded with 22 colorful ceramic penises that had been hung on a clothesline in the Boulder Public Library as part of an art exhibit on domestic violence. He was mad about an unrelated decision by the library not to hang a large American flag outside for fear it might offend someone. In the penises' place, he left a note: "El Dildo Bandito was here." And a flag.