The scandal of the statues of Bucharest (Romania) continues. Artist Ioan Bolbarea is being sued for fraud to the tune of 18 million lei (3.7 million euros), according to police. The sculptor would have replaced the bronze of his sculptures by vulgar brass.
The artist would thus have delivered eleven statues to the Romanian captain by passing them off as works in bronze after having in fact fashioned them in this much cheaper material. One of his statues had already hit the headlines in 2012 when it was installed.
— Vincent Galiano (@VincentGaliano) May 14, 2016
The statue mocked from its installation
The work, made from a model by artist Vasile Gorduz, depicts the Roman Emperor Trajan completely naked and awkwardly holding a wolf in his arms. Installed on the steps of the National Museum of History, in the heart of the capital, the statue had provoked the taunts of the inhabitants.
The work had even been renamed “Nudist with a dog” by Internet users, or even described as a “representation of the centurion Biggus Dickus”, in reference to the Monty Python. The wolf’s tail was stolen in 2017, and it was while having the work restored that the town hall discovered that the statue was not made of bronze.