Poor Garfield: Statue of Beloved Cartoon Cat Vandalized in Indiana Town, Has Been Relocated to Protect It
Posted By Vicki McClure Davidson on June 19, 2011
In a number of towns surrounding Grant County in Indiana, hollow fiberglass statues of popular comic strip character Garfield the Cat have been erected over the past few years. The project, launched by former county councilman Pete Beck, is intended to attract Garfield fans and to pay homage to various cultural activities in each city. Garfield’s creator and native son of Marion, Indiana, Jim Davis, has donated the artwork to create the statues of the comic strip character royalty free. There is a Gasworker Garfield, a Doctor Garfield, a Duffer Garfield, a James Dean Garfield, a Popcorn-Eating Garfield, and others.
In the small town of Matthews, a “Fisherman Garfield” complete with fishing pole was erected in 2009, paying homage to the local river and bridges. The town’s statue is placed near the Cumberland Covered Bridge.
Or rather, it WAS near the Cumberland Covered Bridge. Because of vandalism, Fisherman Garfield has had to be relocated.
No respect for a comic strip cat… what’s the world coming to?
Reported by Daily Journal, Vandalized Garfield statue getting new home in northern Indiana town:
MATTHEWS, Ind. — A northern Indiana town’s statue of Garfield the cat is being relocated to save it from vandalism.
Matthews Town Council President David Loer says that vandals had damaged the statue at its former location near a covered bridge in the town, so officials decided to move it a less isolated area at the town hall.
Loer says vandals chipped the statue by throwing rocks at it and broke the fishing pole out of the cat’s hand despite the presence of security cameras.
Loer says the statue is currently away for repairs but he hopes to have it installed at its new town hall site by July 1.
The Herald Bulletin reported that the Garfield statue in the city of Marion was decapitated in 2006. A Wabash man was sentenced to probation for the incident.