MELUN: Police are now searching for thieves of valuable lead that damaged a massive sculpture of German artist Anselm Kiefer at his Paris workshop early Wednesday.
At around 1:30am (7:30am Malaysian Time), a security guard scared away the two thieves after they had cut through the fence of the studio and begun to remove parts of the sculpture in the form of a book, the police said.
“These thieves did not realise the value of the work,“ the source said. “They were mainly after the lead, which is valuable, especially in this form.”
One of Germany’s foremost post-war sculptors, Kiefer, 74, has lived in France since the early 1990s.
Kiefer bought the lead roof of Cologne’s cathedral in 1985 as it was renovated, and used parts of it in his many works, reflecting a penchant for recycling and fascination with all forms of alchemy.
It was reported in August 2016 that there were also thieves who damaged his sculpture that values around 1.5 million euros (RM6.8 million) at Kiefer’s warehouse in Seine-et-Marne outside Paris. Between 2007 and 2008, thieves have stolen 22 lead sculptures with a total weight of 7.5 tonnes, recovered later in very poor condition.