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Shediac Lobster Vandalized: Unveiling the Shocking Incident

Shediac, a town in southeastern New Brunswick, is known as the lobster capital of the world. It boasts a giant lobster statue that attracts thousands of tourists every year, especially during the annual Lobster Festival that begins on Canada Day. However, this year, the town was shocked to discover that their iconic lobster had been defaced with red spray paint just days before the festival.

What happened to the lobster?

According to Mayor Roger Caissie, town staff found graffiti on the lobster’s left claw and along its base on Tuesday morning, June 29th12. He said it was the first time that the lobster had been vandalized since it was unveiled in 19901. The lobster was created by New Brunswick sculptor Winston Bronnum using concrete, steel and rebar2. It is the largest lobster in the world and weighs over 90 tonnes1.

Caissie said he was frustrated and disappointed by the act of vandalism, but he also received many positive comments from the public who expressed their support for the town and their outrage over the damage1. He said the lobster represents Shediac and its identity as a world-class destination for seafood lovers2.

How will the lobster be restored?

Fortunately, the town had already hired a professional artist to maintain the lobster’s colours and keep it looking its best. Jared Betts, who took over the job in 2020, had just finished his annual touch-ups last week2. He said he was saddened by the graffiti, but he agreed to come back on Friday, July 2nd, to paint over it2.

Betts said he expected to remove all of the spray paint with a graffiti-removal product, and then repaint the affected sections with six to 10 different colours2. He said he had been painting for 20 years and he was confident he could restore the lobster to its original glory2. He said he did not think the graffiti had anything to do with him, the lobster or Shediac, but rather with someone’s personal issues2.

Caissie said he did not know how much it would cost to have Betts fix the lobster, but he said the town would pay for his time and supplies2. He said removing graffiti from a statue was not as simple as painting over a wall or a bench, which could be done by town workers2. He said the lobster required special care and expertise because it was exposed to harsh weather conditions such as salt, sea air and seawater2.

What will be done to prevent future vandalism?

Caissie said there were no cameras at the lobster site currently, but it was something they might consider in the future12. He said they had discussed installing cameras before, but they needed high-end technology to capture clear images of potential vandals1. He said the lobster was under bright lights day and night, so it was not easy to approach it without being noticed by anyone2.

He also asked anyone who had information about this incident or any other act of vandalism in Shediac to contact the RCMP1. Sgt. Mario Maillet of Shediac RCMP said police planned to increase patrols in the area at night, and they urged the public to report any sightings of vandalism and graffiti to local police2.

Conclusion

The vandalism of Shediac’s giant lobster was a shocking and disappointing incident for the town and its residents. The lobster is a symbol of pride and identity for Shediac, as well as a major tourist attraction. However, thanks to the quick action of town staff and artist Jared Betts, the lobster will be cleaned up in time for the Lobster Festival that starts on July 1st. The town is also looking into ways to prevent future vandalism, such as installing cameras or increasing police presence. The town hopes that this incident will not deter visitors from enjoying their seafood and their hospitality.