Oslo’s ‘angry toddler’ left red-faced by vandals

Norwegian police are hunting vandals who painted Oslo’s iconic angry toddler statue (Sinnataggen) red over the weekend. The prank was just the latest in a series of attacks on Gustav Vigeland’s popular bronze work in Frogner Park.

Sinnataggen was eventually returned to his usual hue thanks to help from expert staff at the nearby Vigeland Museum, after earlier efforts by the fire brigade left both them and the boy red faced.

According to Aftenposten, the statue has received unwanted paint jobs before in 1947, 1995 and 2006. In the 1990s, the boy was removed from his stand completely after thieves sawed through his ankle. He was eventually recovered, however, after a huge public outcry for his return.

Oslo police say they currently have no leads but are scouring CCTV footage in an attempt to identify the perpetrators. The vandals could face up to a year behind bars if found guilty.