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Lightning Destroys Sculpture That Looks Like It Would Attract Lightning

08.15.14 Marina Galperina

A severe storm descended on Wellington, New Zealand this week. With one swift strike of lightning, Phil Price’s public artwork Zephyromete (2004) was incinerated. Before the storm, the pointy steel, carbon fiber, epoxy and concrete sculpture stood 108 feet tall, going “sup bro” at the sky. Now it is all split and burnt and broken. The piece was commissioned by the Meridian Electricity company who should have known better.

public-art-dead-lightning(Photos: Piet VermeulenWikimedia Commons via ArtNet)