Image courtesy Liz of Mad Bush Farm
Last year, thieves nicked off with the horses at this fountain in Devonport. I found out, became rather emotive, and posted this.
Liz was kind enough to let me publish her shots taken of the fountain pre-vandals and ratbags.
This is the fountain as it looked late last year.
Yesterday, I was passing through Devonport, and spotted this out the bus window.
I was disappointed. This isn't anything close to what the original sculpture was. They've got what looks like an ornament from out of a garden landscaping firm's back-lot, painted it black, and for good measure painted the existing and remaining parts of the fountain black as well, so it all looks new.
Seriously, compare Liz's images, with the one below from yesterday.
I know the local community board and North Shore City Council will have done their best, but -- in my opinion, the thieves have permanently left Devonport poorer. Very, very sad.