NEW YORK — Marbles from one of the world’s most iconic landmarks have fallen into a drain at a children’s museum in New York City.
The marble museum in Calcutta, India, is the oldest in the world and was built in 1851 by a family of Indian immigrants.
The building was designed by the architect, architect J. M. C. Lopetto, who also designed the U.S. Capitol and the U of T campus.
A marble statue of Mahatma Gandhi and a marble fountain in the basement of the museum show that he was one of India’s most popular leaders.
“This is a symbol of strength, courage and hope, and it has to be seen by all,” museum spokesman Ashok K. Prasad told ABC News.
In addition to the marble statue, a water tank sits on the roof of the building, which is located in the Indian city’s trendy, upscale Marina district.
Visitors walk along the ground floor of the basement, which overlooks the marble fountain and the courtyard.
Prasad said that the marble building is on its fourth floor and that the fountain has since fallen.
Museums in the U, Canada and France are among those that have noticed the fall of the marble, said Prasada, adding that some have closed their doors in protest.
India has not commented on the matter.
It is not clear how long the water tank will remain, Prasadas said.
He said that a statue of the Indian Independence War hero Mahatmas Gandhi will be restored, but he declined to say when.
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