Tuesday 16 July 2019

Vandalism of Kelly statue was one-off - artist

Repair: A graffiti cleaner works on the damage to the Luke Kelly bust on Dublin’s Guild Street. Photo: Colin Keegan/Collins
Repair: A graffiti cleaner works on the damage to the Luke Kelly bust on Dublin’s Guild Street. Photo: Colin Keegan/Collins
Ian Begley

Ian Begley

The creator of the Luke Kelly statue in Dublin's north inner-city believes the vandalism of her artwork is "a once-off incident".

Anti-graffiti experts spent yesterday morning restoring the statue on Sheriff Street to its former glory after it was vandalised with black paint sprayed over its eyes on Tuesday.

P Mac, a specialist stone cleaning and restoration company, was hired by Dublin City Council and successfully removed the graffiti without damaging the sculpture.

Its creator Vera Klute told the Irish Independent that she believes the individual responsible did not set out to inflict an attack on her as an artist.

"I was a bit disappointed when the council informed me that it was vandalised, but at the same time I'm not taking it personally," she said.

"There's graffiti everywhere and public sculptures are no exception.

"It was probably just one individual set out to spray paint the statue without any real thought behind it."

Ms Klute, who observed the clean-up yesterday, added that she was "deeply moved" at the support shown by local residents.

"I think people in Sheriff Street and Guild Street are extremely proud of the statue and look after it so well.

"I'm really touched by their reaction because they were genuinely disappointed and saddened that it was damaged.

"There was great support shown to me and I'm convinced that it was just a once-off incident," she said.

Gardaí are currently investigating the circumstances around the statue's defacing and are examining CCTV images from cameras.

Irish Independent

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