NEW YORK—The bronze statue of Mahatma Gandhi, frozen in a moment of forever trudging onward, that lives at the southern end of Union Square Park may have a little trouble finding his way; the nearsighted Indian political and spiritual leader seems to have lost his iconic round spectacles.
The glasses were reported missing from the statue last week.
A dog walker spotted photographing the statue on Tuesday commented on how nice Gandhi looked surrounded by the springtime magnolia blooms, but she hadn’t noticed that Gandhi was missing his glasses.
According to news website DNAinfo, this is not the first time the glasses have gone missing. The Parks department must have a stock of bronze Gandhi glasses stashed away somewhere, as they seem to go missing from time to time.
Gandhi’s authentic pair of wiry round glasses were sold at Antiquorum Auctioneers in March 2009 for $1.8 million. The government of India had described the sale as a “crass commercialization” of the leader’s artifacts.
Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi was born in India on October 2, 1869 and advocated peaceful, mass civil disobedience as a means of resistance to tyranny. He was assassinated on Jan. 30, 1948.