What a snake.
A vandal defaced a Medusa statue that stands as a tribute to the #MeToo movement in Manhattan — causing thousands of dollars in damage for the second time in recent months, The Post has learned.
The destructive jerk snapped a bronze sword off the 1000-pound Greek mythological figure, who is depicted clutching a severed head in a park across from Manhattan Supreme Court.
“It’s very upsetting,” said Vanessa Solomon, who molded the statue designed by Argentine-Italian artist Luciano Garbati.
“The statue is symbolic and what comes to mind is that an angry man did it — that this sculpture represents what he’s mad about,” she said.
In Greek mythology, Medusa was raped by the powerful God Poseidon, blamed for it — then turned into a monstrous beast with a head of snakes and a gaze that turned men to stone.
The Medusa statue had its sword broken off.Steven Hirsch
First created in 2008, the sculpture took on new meaning during the #MeToo movement and was installed last year — just feet from the courthouse where Harvey Weinstein was convicted.
The vandal struck in early June, on the heels of an incident where the sword was torn off in the spring, Solomon said.
It took six weeks to recast the weapon and reinstall a thicker version to ward off vandals— only to have it ripped off again, she said.
“You have to wonder if it was the same person,” she said. “The public was very upset.”
Vanessa Solomon called the vandalism “upsetting.”Steven Hirsch
An new, even-thicker version of the sword — secured with a steel rod — was partially installed at the site on Wednesday and is expected to be completed by the end of the week.
Solomon said she wants the troublemaker who damaged it to use words instead of violence, if he or she is trying to make a statement.
“Use your voice instead of vandalism,” she said.