Toppled Viking statue near Boathouse Row is being repaired

Authorities are hoping one of the buildings along Boathouse Row could have video of the vandals toppling the bronze statue into the water

Kristen Johanson
October 03, 2018 - 3:04 pm
The statue of Thorfinn Karlsefni has been knocked into the Schuylkill River.

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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — The Viking statue dragged into the Schuylkill River Tuesday has been pulled from the water, and is now being repaired and restored by city art officials as Philadelphia detectives searching for the vandals responsible.

Authorities are hoping one of the buildings along Boathouse Row could have video of the vandals toppling the bronze statue into the water Tuesday.

"Those things are thousands of pounds, so if it was a prank or whether it was a deliberate act to make some sort of political statement it, was very dangerous to do," said Philadelphia police spokesman Capt. Sekou Kinebrew. 

Kinebrew said the timing is similar to an incident last year, in which the statue was spray painted.

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Investigators, however, aren't sure whether the latest act was a political statement, since the bronzed Icelandic figure was a meeting spot last year for white supremacists. The timing also coincides with the Eagles game this weekend when the Birds play the Minnesota Vikings.

"It is certainly a crime," Kinebrew said. "It's institutional vandalism, it's city property. It's not only city property itself, it's also on city property out there at Boathouse Row."

Officers urge anyone who may have been near Boathouse Row Tuesday morning to give them a call.

"There is no such thing as a wasted tip," Kinebrew added.

The sculpture of the 11th-century Icelandic explorer, created by sculptor Einar Jónsson in 1918, has been a fixture near Boathouse Row.