Vandals damage photographic art installation in Malvern
VANDALS hit an outdoor photographic art installation.
Jan Sedlacek, 40, runs the Digitlight Photography store in Malvern.
He was commissioned by Malvern Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty to create photographs to brighten up Church Walk in the center of town.
Mr Sedlacek said: “A friend warned me on Saturday night [December 21] telling me that vandals had struck.
“He said it was uncontrollable teenagers going wild.
“They ripped the photos off the wall.
“Some of them held up well to the wall, so only the protective glass cover was torn off.
“I have no idea what happened to the missing prints.
“There are about four or five damaged or completely missing panels from the wall.
“The photos made a pretty boring wall look beautiful and bright, giving people something to look at.
“This attack is not going to stop me and in fact it has encouraged me to be more productive.
“I am very touched and encouraged by the truly heartwarming messages of appreciation for my well-known photographic art work and the efforts of my shop customers.”
Landscape photographs for the project were taken from Malvern, showing the city during the day and at night.
A spokesperson for the Malvern Hills Trust said: “We are really disappointed that this has happened.
“Malvern Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and Jan, the photographer, have worked a lot on this project to brighten up Church Walk.
“This is particularly disappointing as it was commissioned to celebrate 60 years of the Malvern Hills AONB.”
Mr. Sedlacek plans to replace the missing panels and reprint the photographs to get the installation complete again.
Anyone with information on vandalism can contact the police on 101 or Crimestoppers on: 0800 555 111.