What the Nose Knows sitting on its nose after some apparent vandalism over the weekend. (Rob Jennings photo)

Oak Bay art takes it on the nose

Oak Bay’s What the Nose Knows down for repairs after being vandalized

What the Nose Knows took a bit of a hit over the weekend, after it was found vandalized on Monday morning.

The piece was discovered leaning on its nose, with its supporting steel pole seemingly bent. Following a call from a local resident to Oak Bay Police, district of Oak Bay crews were sent to repair the art piece.

Despite their attempts to prop it back up however, the Nose was sadly hauled away on the back of a heavy-duty truck, said Rob Jennings, owner Jennings Florists shop in Estevan Village.

“We went from nose down on the ground to nothing,” Jennings said, adding the incident came as a surprise, considering the piece is fairly popular with people who see it. “People like to pose with it, because it wasn’t necessarily serious art, people just have fun with it,” he said.

Oak Bay Police Sgt. Davinder Dalep said an official police file has been created, though there are no suspects yet in relation to the art piece.

The big nose was part of recent controversy with some locals who either loved it or despised it, Jennings said .

“Some people thought it was something gaudy,” he said.“I’d be happy to see it come back.”

What the Nose Knows was created by Burnaby artist Ron Simmer and is part of the ArtsAlive 2017 that includes 13 sculptures placed along Oay Bay Avenue, in Estevan Village, Willows Beach, and Beach Drive at Lansdowne Road.

The nose itself was installed at the entrance to Lokier Garden, at Musgrave Street and Estevan Avenue.

Simmer described the piece as a symbol of the overall nosiness by governments and corporations to collect information from citizens.

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Oak Bay, Esquimalt firefighters headed up the big climb Sunday

Oak Bay firefighter joins former Esquimalt assistant chief for 48-storey stair climb

Development will bring 77 new homes to Colwood

Developers preparing land for six-storey, four-storey and two three-storey buildings on Sooke Road

Kids learn the ropes of business with free UVic entreprenuership training

The second annual Kidovate program is now open for registration

VicPD arrest man after hours-long barricade on Pandora Avenue

Greater Victoria Emergency Response Team called in to assist

PHOTOS: BC Children’s lottery offers luxury downtown Victoria home as a prize

The Choices Lotto has luxury homes across the province

VIDEO: Alleged shoplifter caught on camera at Sidney boutique

Staff at Cameron Rose Gifts seek the public’s help locating woman

B.C., Ottawa sign sweeping 30-year deal for northern caribou habitat

West Moberly, Saulteau co-manage new protection on two million acres

Loans or gifts? Judge rules woman must pay Victoria man back $7K

B.C. judge rules that woman must pay back more than $7,000 in advanced funds to man

Eyes on police after Trudeau orders blockades torn down, injunctions enforced

The RCMP in B.C. have sent a letter to the traditional leaders of the Wet’suwet’en Nation

B.C. massage therapist suspended following allegations of sexual misconduct

While suspended, Leonard Krekic is not entitled to practice as an RMT in B.C.

Cheapest in B.C.: Penticton gas prices dip below $1 per litre

Two stores in Penticton have gas below a dollar.

VIDEO: Outpouring of worldwide support for bullied Australian boy

Australian actor Hugh Jackman said ‘you are stronger than you know, mate’

‘A horror show:’ Ex-employee shares experience at problematic Chilliwack seniors’ home

Workers are paid below industry standard at all Retirement Concepts facilities

Forest industry protests northern B.C. caribou protection deal

B.C. Mining Association supports federal-Indigenous plan

Most Read