In what could be dubbed an act of criminal irony, a statue of Christopher Columbus in downtown Detroit has been vandalized just in time for this year’s Columbus Day.
Taped to the forehead of the Columbus statue was a hatchet as if it had just been struck. Red paint dripped down the head onto the Italian explorer’s chest.
A photo of the vandalized statue was uploaded to Reddit’s r/Detroit forum with the title “Someone’s not that excited to celebrate Columbus Day.”
The vandalism of the statue, located at Jefferson Avenue and Randolph Street, right next to city hall, is symbolic of an increasing disdain for Columbus and the Federal holiday.
While Columbus is credited with crossing the Atlantic and discovering the Americas on Oct. 12, 1492, detractors view the celebration of his life as support for the genocide of the indigenous people in Latin American and the U.S. that ensued after the discovery.
The hatchet remained in the center of the statue’s head for most of Monday, until an out-of-town visitor from a group called the Delta Bravo Urban Exploration Team climbed the stature and removed the weapon about 4 p.m..
It was not clear when exactly the statue was vandalized.
Detroit police are still looking into the incident.