The bronze whiskers of the giant El Gato statue in the artist’s native Medellin, Colombia were broken off and stolen by an unknown “vandal.” Why? The same reason all those noses of public statues in Rome were clipped. The same reason New York’s tourists keep molesting Fernando Botero’s dick bits. Clearly, the only solution is to stop making figurative public art with parts that stick out. Go round. Botero, but rounder. Rounder! Abstract blobs only! Or… 

Here’s another solution, via ArtInfo’s Art in the Air Blog… Olek cozies for all public art! Unless it attracts arsonists.