A statue of a wasp, a famous Italian scooter, disappeared from Avenida Infante Santo, in Lisbon. The statue weighs between 300 and 400 kilos and was inaugurated 17 years ago to commemorate the half century of life of the Vespa Clube de Lisboa.
Tiago Soares, vice president of the club, explains to TSF that the news arrived this Tuesday morning through a phone call from the Parish Council of Estrela, asking if by chance the wasp had been removed from the site to do something or to clean it.
The directors of the club known were stunned and issued an alert to see if anyone saw the “mythical bronze wasp” and that “someone”, it is not clear how, managed to get it out of the site.
More than the monetary value of the vespa – which in 2004 cost three thousand euros -, the Vespa Clube de Lisboa quickly finds its symbolic value for the national and international community that is a fan of these motorcycles born in Italy in the 1940s.
Tiago Soares recalls that in 2004 he had to use a crane to place the statue on the site and they have already talked to the ‘neighbors’ of the bronze wasp who noticed the statue was missing in the morning, but didn’t hear anything during the night.
The Vespa Clube de Lisboa reports the disappearance to the police and asks everyone who has any information to forward it to the PSP or to [email protected]
The receipt is that the purpose of the theft is the same as the other bronze statues that have disappeared in recent years and that the wasp is eventually melted down.