Sculptures Along Seaview End Up Stolen.

http://karachi.metblogs.com/archives/images/2007/01/aaseaview-thumb.jpgSome time back our beach at seaview was blessed with beautiful benches placed on a tiled floor and was beautified with sculptures by our world renowned Artists Amin Gulgee and Anjum Ayaz, placed securely on huge cubical rocks heavy enough to be lifted by cranes. A few days back I visited seaview, I found these heavy rocks void of the beautiful sculptures taunting at the law and order situation of our city. It must have taken some time to chisel off the sculptures from their huge base, but sadly no one noticed it then or even after the crime was committed, the news never made it to any newspaper or TV channel. The sculptures along the beach which promoted our culture and vibrant art scene are almost gone, only a few remain there in place and If proper measures are not taken immediately they will all be gone soon.

27 Comments so far

  1. d0ct0r (unregistered) on January 24th, 2007 @ 12:28 pm

    am not surprised at all… in a city where after parking your car, your side mirrors are not spared its no surprise that these work of arts were stolen…


  2. Keep Walking! (unregistered) on January 24th, 2007 @ 2:07 pm

    irrelevant but think kmb big guys should do something like this. and sooner.

    http://mumbai.metblogs.com/archives/2007/01/blog_meet_coming_soon.phtml#comments

    rather than just doing something in private and announce then to make us all jealous :)


  3. Arsalaan Haleem (unregistered) on January 24th, 2007 @ 3:05 pm

    Zain, I am absolutely with you on your idea….good one.


  4. MB (unregistered) on January 24th, 2007 @ 4:44 pm

    We already had some ideas on it. Dont want to disclose everything before we are ready.


  5. Rabayl (unregistered) on January 24th, 2007 @ 8:42 pm

    Good catch; I’m shocked I hadn’t notice that!


  6. henna (unregistered) on January 24th, 2007 @ 11:01 pm

    This is pathetic and sad and all of those words.
    I’m glad you mentioned it here, though.


  7. Imran (unregistered) on January 25th, 2007 @ 12:06 am

    … that these tokens of “benevolence” would be plundered and raped! :(

    Yet hope remains … the sons/daughters of Karachi shall (still) continue to show their love, i know :)


  8. UZi (unregistered) on January 25th, 2007 @ 12:09 am

    Thanks for this waala info, Jamash! I did an investigative waala piece on this..the story will be printed tomorrow (January 24). The “discoveries” that I made while doing this piece were pretty darn interesting, to say the least! :D I’ll post the URL tomorrow!


  9. UZi (unregistered) on January 25th, 2007 @ 12:10 am

    Correction:: January 25, not 24.. :P


  10. Raheel (unregistered) on January 25th, 2007 @ 6:11 am

    can be the word and work of the islamiatants

    when the hell will we become civilized and accept respecting and loving our art and culture without inhibitions.


  11. UZi (unregistered) on January 25th, 2007 @ 2:03 pm

    Don’t jump to conclusions so quickly, Raheel. Check this out (http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/default.asp?page=20071\25\story_25-1-2007_pg12_2) .. :P It’s an “inside job,” mate!


  12. wasiq (unregistered) on January 26th, 2007 @ 1:25 am

    Admiralty help those who help themselves……


  13. Dee (unregistered) on January 26th, 2007 @ 8:39 am

    Hmmm piece of Art.I must be blind :).But stealing is stealing.On the light note, why would someone want to steal that 2 ton piece of rock?.All i can think of may be they wana use it as a road block.Anybody know if there are any strikes coming up ?
    Dee.


  14. Dee (unregistered) on January 26th, 2007 @ 8:42 am

    Nevermind the last post folks, i re-read the post and it talked about missing scluptures (mounted on that rock).
    Dee


  15. d0ct0r (unregistered) on January 26th, 2007 @ 3:21 pm

    Today’s Dawn also covered this story .. they should have enclosed them in some unbreakable glass case to prevent these types of thing from happening.. i mean honestly what were they expecting.. every one knows that these types of things happen here so why not take precautionary measures instead of crying over split milk later on…


  16. UZi (unregistered) on January 26th, 2007 @ 5:25 pm

    NO! YESTERDAY’S DAILY TIMES COVERED THIS STORY!!! :@ YES I AM ANGRY!!! COZ I POSTED THE URL AND MY COMMENT WAS HELD FOR APPROVAL!!! DAMN YOU LOT!!!


  17. UZi (unregistered) on January 26th, 2007 @ 5:27 pm

    HERE!


  18. UZi (unregistered) on January 26th, 2007 @ 5:29 pm
  19. UZi (unregistered) on January 26th, 2007 @ 5:30 pm

    okay what the duh! why is the URL not appreaing?!

    http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/default.asp?page=20071\25\story_25-1-2007_pg12_2


  20. UZi (unregistered) on January 26th, 2007 @ 5:33 pm

    And here’s the story…HMPH!!!

    Stone cold response from authorities over missing Sea View sculptures

    KARACHI: A majority of the 13 Anjum Ayaz stone and metal sculptures that were set up in 2004 along Sea View has disappeared and no one seems to know how or when this happened.

    “DHA did not order any of the pieces to be removed,” DHA spokesman Lt. Col. (retd.) Rafat Naqvi told Daily Times when asked about whether orders had been issued to take down some of the sculptures. “DHA had put them there, it doesn’t make sense that they should be removed.”

    The police were also clueless. “I don’t know anything about those pieces. I don’t know whether they’re still there or not,” said Darakhshan SHO Zia Rizvi. “Of course it isn’t our responsibility. My responsibility is to take care of people who want their lives and properties to be protected. No one informed us before erecting the sculptures, and no one told me when they disappeared, so I don’t really know anything about them. Also, I have no idea what bye-laws and rules were followed when the pieces were put there.”

    Rizvi continued, “I’m not an art person. There are more important things going on in my area that I need to take care of, rather than keep a lookout on whether some sculptures are still there or not. There’s nothing I can really do unless an official complaint is filed.”

    Defence Housing Authority was in a similar fix. “I haven’t heard anything about the fact that the pieces aren’t where they had been installed,” a DHA spokesman said.

    Clifton Cantonment Board (CCB) CEO Khwaja Iftikhar Ahmed Mir made a similar statement. “I don’t know anything about the sculptures being taken down,” Mir told Daily Times. “As far as my knowledge goes, no orders were passed about this issue. This is surprising.”

    What is even more surprising, however, is the fact that no special security measures had been taken for the sculptures. “The DHA Vigilance Ring patrols the area, as do mobiles of the CCB,” DHA’s Rafat Naqvi said. “And there are always so many people around.”

    When contacted, DHA Vigilance Ring Additional Director, Col. Javed said: “None of the sculptures have been stolen,”. He went on to offer the suggestion that, “some of them might have eroded due to environmental factors, such as the salty sea air. They might have been slightly damaged by the mob, too. The place gets rowdy around weekends and holidays. But no one could possibly have stolen the pieces. If someone tried to do that, they would have been caught immediately.”


  21. Arsalaan Haleem (unregistered) on January 26th, 2007 @ 8:00 pm

    Huh! “eroded due to environmental pressures” !?!

    What do they think that they were made of – ICE, that they just melted due to warm weather?

    They were vadanlized – in other words, STOLEN, probably by herion junkies…….plain and simple.


  22. UZi (unregistered) on January 26th, 2007 @ 10:15 pm

    lol exactly… i tried my best not to laugh when the honorable colonel saahab tried to give me the “erosion” story.. i was, like, how are the stone pedestals intact, then? and he went on and on about erosion.. :P

    and druggies COULDN’T have stolen the pieces, because:
    1) they would be useless to them
    2) they don’t have the means to carry the sculptures around — the pieces were heavy.

    ‘s an “inside job” or something…


  23. wasiq (unregistered) on January 27th, 2007 @ 5:21 am

    ok i have hit about as many mines online tonight and you know my weakness…..so goodbye…love ya hamesha!


  24. UZi (unregistered) on January 27th, 2007 @ 4:21 pm

    *wondering what Wasiq is talking about*

    *dismisses it as drunken blabbering*


  25. Mr. X (unregistered) on January 27th, 2007 @ 7:48 pm

    Perhaps DHA is involved. It should be be taken as a warning that: When a rock weighing 2 tons can be lifted without any one noticing, anything can. And so everyone should desist from criticizing the Plans to Develop Beach Front


  26. Imran (unregistered) on January 27th, 2007 @ 11:57 pm
  27. wasiq (unregistered) on January 28th, 2007 @ 3:15 am

    Yaar mamoo kay hawksbay hut ki kay zaroorat hai itney log ko toh main haleem ki party mein ghar pey bhi bola sakta houn per woh NEOKA hai na canada wapas jaa kar sub ko baataay gaa…pata nahein kya keh dey……



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