Statues of public figures are now vulnerable to attack by those who object to their presence for a variety of reasons. Some have been pulled from their plinths, dragged through the streets, then ended up being dumped into nearby harbours.
As always, I prefer more inventive solutions and don't approve
of vandalism, even of racist figures of hatred.
I have several ideas relating to this ongoing problem. The inversion of the statue of Rhodes was the first of these, and I am waiting a response from Oxford's vice-chancellor to that one.
My next idea is more easily acheived and involves the insertion of a large and powerful spring between each statue and its plinth. This would be firmly anchored to both the feet of the statue and to the supporting base.
This would mean that any future attempt to drag the statue from its plinth would simply result in an angular displacement followed by the figure springing back into place, accompanied by a large "boinging" sound.
This will no doubt cause much merriment, but that's a preferable release of frustration than a full blown act of destruction.