(DETROIT) WXYZ - Beverly Camarata and her family were a bit disappointed when they couldn't take pictures in front of the iconic fountain in Hart Plaza.
But city officials say illegal scrappers and other vandals have not only stripped away some of the copper necessary to the operation of the fountain, they've also damaged the electrical panel, restrooms and offices used by performers and organizers of scheduled events at the popular riverfront destination.
Alicia Minter, Director of the Detroit Recreation Department, says it was theft and just "wanton destruction".
Minter says the damage at Hart Plaza has already cost the city about $400,000 and about that much more money is needed to get the water flowing again.
Isamu Noguchi designed the Horace E. Dodge and Son Memorial Fountain back in 1978.