‘I won’t lose heart’ after art vandalism

Luciana was the worst affected by the vandalism.

Luciana was the worst affected by the vandalism.

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A SCULPTURE trail alongside Grantham Canal in the Vale of Belvoir has been trashed by vandals.

The trail, featuring work by schoolchildren from the area, as well as student artists, was only completed earlier this month but has already been attacked.

Luciana before the vandalism.

Luciana before the vandalism.

The trail featured around 12 pieces in total, stretching along land between the Dirty Duck pub and Stenwith Bridge.

A piece featuring a woman rising from the gorund, called “Luciana”, was worst affected after having its head and arms kicked in and the ears ripped off.

Laury Dizengremel is the artist in residence at Belvoir Castle and led the sculpture trail project.

She said: “It’s the usual small percentage who have got nothing else to do than to go and cause damage. There’s no ryhmn or reason - it’s just the criminal mind or element.

“I don’t think it has got anything to do with people not liking it. The major majority of people seem to be enjoying it and the overall feedback has been overwhelmingly positive.”

Laury had spoken in the past about extending the project along the canal, with more sculptures being added.

And she says the vandalism will not put her off.

Laury said: “I’m not going to lose heart over this.

“When we first opened it people said “are you not afraid of vandalism?” and some times I thought I didn’t like the idea but I wouldn’t be able to do anything if I only thought of the negative consequences.

“Not everybody understands every piece of art on there and that’s fine. At least it’s engaging people in conversation.”

Laury has fixed the damage to “Luciana” and “The Doors” but needs help to fix the piece, “A467-2”.

Laury says a mobile welding unit is needed to fix the damage and is appealing for anyone who can help to get in touch. If you think you can help then call Laury on 01476 879071.