San Antonio’s Lenin statue vandalized by reported explosion

San Antonio arson is investigating the incident.

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The chrome statue of Lenin was apparently vandalized Monday morning by an explosion.

Kin Man Hui, San Antonio Express-News / Staff photographer

Witnesses in the area reported an explosion and smoke on Monday morning, November 7, at the site of the downtown art installation of a chrome head of Vladimir Lenin next to Texas Public Radio headquarters at 321 W Commerce Street. San Antonio Fire Department arson investigators are now looking into the apparent vandalizing of the sculpture, TPR reports.

A tweet from TPR reporter Paul Flahive says “bomb went off outside our offices early this morning,” but it’s unclear what device, if any, was used to damage the sculpture. Joe Arrington, SAFD spokesperson, says the incident is being investigated as criminal mischief but gave no other information. Arrington did confirm that there were no injuries.

TPR says it had no comment since it was on private property and none of TPR’s property received damage.

The property, called La Zona, is a community art space that features revolving art pieces and is owned by local developer James Lifshutz. Centro San Antonio and its vice president of cultural place making Andi Rodriguez worked with Lifshutz to help bring the piece to La Zona in March. It’s appearance was the talk of the town that month. MySA reached out to Lifshutz for comment.

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