Stanford University's Angel of Grief statue vandalized


A century-old statue was vandalized at Stanford University earlier this month.

The school's Department of Public Safety was notified on Aug. 11 that the Angel of Grief statue was found with the left forearm broken off, university officials said.

The vandalism occurred sometime between 6 p.m. on Aug. 8 and 6:30 p.m. on Aug. 11, university police said.

The value of the missing part is estimated to be between $15,000 and $20,000, according to university officials.

The sculpture is a popular landmark on the campus that was placed in 1901 and a replica of the original made by William Wetmore Story, university officials said.

Jane Stanford, who founded the school with her husband Leland Stanford, commissioned the sculpture in memory of her late brother, Henry Clay Lathrop, university officials said.

The white marble statue is located near the school's Family Mausoleum, which is a popular campus destination for visitors, according to university officials.

Anyone with information on the vandalism or location of the statue's missing piece is asked to call the Stanford police main line at 650-723-9633 or dispatch center at 650-329-2413.

— Bay City News Service

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11 people like this
Posted by Fan of the Angle
a resident of Midtown
on Aug 19, 2015 at 6:38 pm

This is my favorite piece of art at Stanford - the Angle of Grief is a sublime work and touches me deeply. It is located in a quiet spot on campus and allows me to think of those I love and miss.

I am deeply saddened that someone would harm this statue.

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Posted by Lucy
a resident of Midtown
on Aug 19, 2015 at 6:38 pm

Some people are just terrible. I love this statue and hope that those at fault are caught!

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Posted by Jay Thorwaldson
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on Aug 19, 2015 at 6:50 pm

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This lovely statue has been vandalized in the past, losing its right forearm. In the 1960s when riding bikes with my sons we would go past the mutilated statue. Perhaps a reward for information leading to the whereabouts of the missing "trophy" arm might point to the culprits.

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Posted by moi
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Aug 19, 2015 at 7:12 pm

Senseless act by a senseless person.

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on Aug 19, 2015 at 7:19 pm

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Posted by resident 1
a resident of Adobe-Meadow
on Aug 19, 2015 at 8:14 pm

Sounds to me that the statue needs to be moved to a more populated place - in the central quad. This brings to mine all of the ancient statuary that is being destroyed in the ancient lands - there is a whole mind-set at work that keeps wanting to destroy old, valued pieces of art.

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Posted by when
a resident of Old Palo Alto
on Aug 19, 2015 at 8:18 pm

When do fraternities pledge at Stanford? Just asking.

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Posted by Crescent Park Dad
a resident of Crescent Park
on Aug 19, 2015 at 9:19 pm

Stanford doesn't start school for another month.

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Posted by Nayeli
a resident of Midtown
on Aug 20, 2015 at 10:31 am

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Sometimes, I wish that individuals who are caught stealing, desecrating public or private property or hurting others could be sentenced to wearing mittens -- big fluffy pink polka dot mittens -- for the duration of their sentence. They should be so thick that a person has to eat a hamburger with a spoon.

I just wish that there was a way that they couldn't be removed. If these people have no shame for their crimes, then society should shame them. Apparently, this lack of shame and a moral compass is making it easy (and even proudly audacious) for them to commit senseless crimes.

If sex offenders can be registered by society, perhaps it is time to do the same with murderers, assailants, thieves and vandals too.

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Posted by when will they stop this chat
a resident of Green Acres
on Aug 20, 2015 at 8:24 pm


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Posted by Phyllis
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Aug 20, 2015 at 8:48 pm

This is probably theft, not vandalism. The theft of statuary has become a trend over the last few years. Bronze statuary is sold for scrap metal, if a buyer can't be found.

SF Gate: "Thieves steal statue of Jesus from Castro Valley church" Web Link

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