Damaged Snooks

Make It York regrets to announce that two of its prized Snook sculptures have been damaged. From feedback, we believe the incidents occurred in the late evenings or overnight and unfortunately due to the sculptures being kicked, hit with force or climbed on. 

The trail is a community initiative in partnership with charity St Leonard’s Hospice and a free, family friendly activity for residents and visitors to explore our beloved city.  

After the trail has ended, the sculptures are due to be auctioned in a charity event to raise funds that will be split between St Leonard’s Hospice, for the life-changing support provide every day, and York Creates Fund, micro-fund that supports cultural and creative activity in the city. 

The vandalism-induced damage is deeply disheartening, and regrettably, this unfortunate incident adversely impacts everyone involved, including our valued charity partners, the Snook sponsors, and sculpture artists. 

Make It York recognizes the disappointment and concern this incident may have caused and is committed to rectifying the damage and ensuring the restoration of the sculptures to its former glory. Signage and barriers have been erected to minimise further damage and safety to visitors. We have taken immediate action by working with the production team, Norse Sky, in repairing the sculptures. As this will be off site, the sculptures will be temporarily removed, which we recognise the disappointment.  

The damaged sculptures are Number 19, Harald Hardreader located at Coppergate Centre, and Number 1, Snooks Love All Books located at Parliament Street. The sculptures are part of York’s first character trail across the city and one of the 21 Snooks on display until 25 April 2024. 

We extend our sincere apologies for any inconvenience caused and express gratitude for the continued support and understanding from the community. If you notice any misbehaviours or damage to the sculptures, please do call the York Visitor Information Team on 0190 455 5670. 

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