Stone breasts of a sculpture survived a lightning strike in Melbourne. On Jan. 7, Yahoo! News reported that a lightening bolt struck the 1.5m high stone sculpture and the only thing that survived the jolt was its 30kg stone breasts. Only one nipple was reported damaged in the fall.
"Stonemasonry boss Tom Finlay, 48, was standing 50m from his voluptuous hand-carved Venus de Milo, when a lightning bolt sent stone flying through the air," Yahoo! News reported. According to the report, the sculpture was made of local porcelanite (sic) and it stood on a 6m steel reinforced column. There was stone strewn about after the strike.
The stone breasts that survived the lightning strike are making headline news today. Many believe that the weight and shape of the breasts are the reasons why they "survived" the strike and the following fall. It was an 8m drop to the ground and most expected that the entire statue would have crumpled and shattered but that wasn't the case.
"Shattered stone were strewn about the small courtyard at Finlay's Stonemasonry - near the Stuart Hwy, at Yarrawonga - where the top half of the headless Venus was obliterated about 2.45pm on Friday. But her breasts withstood the 8m drop on to the stone mural below. Only one nipple of the stone lady was damaged," Yahoo! News reported.
Are you surprised that the stone breasts survived the lightning strike?
© Effie Orfanides 2013