ZADAR, 31 May 2019 – Just 24 hours after a senseless attack on it, Zadar’s popular Greeting to the Sun monument is back in function shining again on the city’s waterfront.
A 25-year-old male was arrested on Thursday after repeatedly smashing a ‘heavy metal’ object on the monument, causing damage to 38 solar panels. The offender, who remains in custody, caused over 80,000 euros worth of damage.
On Friday night the Greeting to the Sun installation was back in function with the light show back on after the panels most damaged were replaced.
According to reports, no damage was done to the electric installation under the glass panels and just six of the panels were heavily damaged.
Barriers are still up around the monument to stop people walking on it, but city officials say they could come down as soon as Monday.
Architect Nikola Bašić, who designed the attraction, told press after the incident that he was shocked and felt like someone had attacked a family member or his best friend.
The Greeting to the Sun monument consists of hundreds of multi-layered glass plates placed on the same level with the stone-paved waterfront in the shape of a 22-meter diameter circle, with the photo-voltage solar modules underneath. Lighting elements installed in a circle turn on at night, and produce a light show. The monument symbolises communication with nature, with the aim to communicate with light.
A video of the Greetings to the Sun working again this evening from Cropix below.