Barely Day-Old Art Installations Already Vandalised In Valletta

Two of the new works have been damaged


Barely a day after the unveiling of a series of art installations around Valletta, two of the pieces have already been vandalised. The statues are part of the art project "Kif Jgħid il-Malti".

A statue of a bird in a hand has been damaged, representing the Maltese proverb "aħjar għasfur f’idek milli mija fl-ajru” - 'better a bird in the hand than one hundred in the air' - with the tail of the bird being completely smashed off. 

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Photo: Jurgen Farrugia

It is also being reported that the statues of the three cows atop each other has been damaged. One of the cows' ears has been ripped off as well.

It is unconfirmed whether the police have anyone in mind regarding the vandalism, or whether they were acts of vandalism or just accidental damage. 

However, the statues are apparently monitored by CCTVs, so this should clarify the situation in the coming days.

The statues were installed as a way of visualising Maltese idioms and proverbs, and draw attention to the linguistic history of the country. They were part of a project organised by Joel Saliba.

There are 13 of these installations around the capital city.


What do you think of these art installations being vandalised barely a day after being inaugurated?

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