Vandals destroy iconic Overtoun Park ‘faces’
A voluntary community group have been left devastated after vandals knocked down one of Overtoun Park’s most treasured landmarks.
Members of the group, Friends of Overtoun Park, had been walking through the public gardens near the Mill Street entrance at the top of the hill on Wednesday (October 21) when they found the man-made wall had been pushed over.
It is feared that two of the wall’s rocks that sit inside it, with sculptured faces on them, have been stolen during the destruction.
Eugenie Aroutcheff of Friends of Overtoun Park said: “It’s a real mess. We are devastated. I went up to the park on Wednesday and I was walking past the top of the park near Overtoun Drive.
“There’s a wall with features with faces. The wall has been knocked down and I don’t know if someone has taken the faces or if they’re still lying under the rubble.
“It’s a man-made wall and is one of the features of the park. We think it has been knocked down purposely.
“They would have to have crossed over the flower beds to get there.
“It’s demoralising. It’s a common space and it is sad that this has happened.
“We all fund raise to make the park better and it’s disappointing that people use it inappropriately.”
The enigmatic faces are possibly the most mysterious feature of the park, with no clear idea of where they came from.
It has been suggested they are from the original Overtoun House on the site.
Stephen Kelly, Head of Facilities, Waste and Ground Services said: “The council is aware of the damage to the wall and work to repair it has been scheduled to be carried out within the coming weeks.”