WATCH: A rogue art installation in Vancouver had commuters doing a devilish double-take for a few hours today. It was erected – so to speak – sometime overnight – and as Jeremy Hunka reports, the now-removed statue had more than a few people “turning red.”
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People in the Grandview-Woodlands neighbourhood were doing double-takes Tuesday morning after spotting a statue of satan erected along Grandview Highway near Clark Drive.
The large red statue, complete with horns and a tail, is anatomically “complete.”
The City of Vancouver says it’s aware of the statue, but did not commission it. City crews arrived just after 3 p.m. to remove the statue.
“The statue was not a piece of City commissioned artwork and consequently it has been removed,” says City of Vancouver spokesperson Sara Couper.
The site was previously home to a bronze Christopher Columbus commemorative statue, installed in 1986. The statue was moved to the Italian Garden in Hastings Park 10 years ago.
Now a petition has been started to re-erect the statue in the same place, and has more than 1,000 signatures so far.