Sunday 15 September 2019

War paint: Statue commemorating end of WWI is vandalised

Clean-up: Red paint thrown over ‘The Haunting Soldier’ sculpture in St Stephen’s Green is scrubbed off by park staff. Photo: Frank McGrath
Clean-up: Red paint thrown over ‘The Haunting Soldier’ sculpture in St Stephen’s Green is scrubbed off by park staff. Photo: Frank McGrath
Rachel Farrell

Rachel Farrell

Gardaí are investigating after a statue to commemorate the ending of World War I was vandalised with red paint.

Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht Minister Josepha Madigan expressed her "disappointment" about the attack on 'The Haunting Soldier' sculpture, which she unveiled in St Stephen's Green, Dublin this month.

The vandalism took place in the early hours of Wednesday morning.

Criticising the attack, Ms Madigan said: "It is incredibly moving and has proved immensely popular. There is no bravery in throwing paint at a statue in the middle of the night."

A team of cleaners was busy removing the paint from the sculpture yesterday morning.

They used solvents, brushes and power-washers to scrub off the gloss paint, which cannot be removed by water alone.

Gardaí also remained at the scene yesterday morning.

The commemorative sculpture is made from scraps of metal, including horseshoes, spanners, car jacks and brake discs.

The six-metre high statue was brought to Ireland by Dublin solicitor Sabina Purcell, who discovered that she had a family connection to soldiers who had served in the Great War.

The sculpture was erected in St Stephen's Green on November 4.

The imposing figure depicts a weary soldier returning from battle,

The statue will remain on display in St Stephen's Green Park until Monday evening before heading back to the UK.

Irish Independent

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