An Australian stonemason was left stunned when a lightning bolt crashed down from the skies over Australia into a voluptuous Venus de Milo statue whose stone breasts miraculously did not shatter with just one nipple slightly damaged.
Tom Finlay, 48, was standing just yards from his hand-carved sculpture in the yard of his business near Yarrawonga where there was a flash of white light and an “almighty kaboom,” he said.
Locally sourced porcenalite was scattered everywhere and the statue was destroyed when hit by the lightning bolt, presumably not from the Greek gods. Finlay was amazed when he found that Venus’ 30 kilogram (66.13 pounds) breasts had survived the freak strike, the Northern Territory News reported.
He stated: “There was a clap of thunder and the sculpture blew up like a rocket-launcher had hit it. The lightning looked like a serpent. Everything disintegrated but the breasts – all that’s left is what’s under her hips.” The 1.5 -meter (4.92 feet) high sculpture had been proudly perched on a six-meter (19.6 feet) steel-reinforced column before the strike.
He had made the sculpture based on Alexandros’ ancient Greek statue Venus de Milo, as a tribute to Northern Territory women 10 years ago. Finlay said that he isn’t sure what to do with the surviving bosom. “It’s still a bit raw,” he said. “I’ll leave the statue the way it is to show the force of nature … I might mount [the breasts] and hang them in my office.”