Statue fixed for free after strike by vandals
A 200-year-old statue badly damaged by vandals at a country park has been repaired.
The statue of Venus in the Italian garden at Mount Edgcumbe was knocked from its plinth and smashed into pieces a month ago.
Staff wondered whether it could ever be restored to its former glory.
But Saltash reclamation firm Stax has repaired the statue and it will be put back into the Italian garden in the autumn.
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Mount Edgcumbe manager Ian Berry said: "Her head had broken off, two of her fingers had broken off, there was a tail of a dolphin which had broken off and one of her legs was broken off as well.
"We didn't think it would have been repairable, but they've managed to do it and they've done a remarkable job."
Colin Manley, from Stax, explained: "The most difficult part was matching the colours because, after hundreds of years, the material had weathered."
The Venus de Medici had stood on the Belvedere for two centuries and Mr Berry said there was a "noticeable absence" – destroying the quiet symmetry of the popular garden.
Stax did the work free of charge. Those responsible for the vandalism have not been found.