The suspects stated they did it because no one was taking care of it. Considering the location, I’m not sure what they were expecting. I’m also not sure the condition when they saw it. When I was there, there was nothing there that would justify (except for the graffiti) that there is a disrespect for the area. At least not at first, by the end of my trip people had started leaving behind water bottles. Plastic, store bought water bottles. I’m sure they would justify it by saying that it is tradition to leave something behind. Um…there’s a different between leaving something of thought and leaving something of trash and leaving a plastic water bottle is just laziness. Especially, when there is a community trash bag a few feet away.
The suspects that took it upon themselves to remove the items, sawed the table in half to carry it down. Now, I will admit that leaving trash is one of my biggest pet peeves. The graffiti was disheartening; however, however, I think sawing the table in half and removing all the items may be slightly worse. Trash can be removed, memories (items representing those memories) cannot be replaced.
As for the items, the park plans on returning them to their “original location.” The question would remain whether that means the site that has become known, or the site where they were originally built. Either way, it will never be the same. The people whom took it…well, they made sure of that. The table will have to be repaired and even more visitors will want to see the infamous table. This means more graffiti, more trash, and more people that feel they have the right to do some kind of harm to the popular area. People always want to see sites of popularity and there are always people that ruin it for everyone else. That may be extreme, but it is the truth.
With all that said, the pictures may not do it the justice it deserves, but I hope that you enjoy them just the same.
Have a beautiful day and tomorrow.
Montana Rose Photography