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Grantham pedestrian tunnel artwork to be removed after vandals strike again




Artwork used to brighten up a well-used pedestrian tunnel will be removed for good after repeatedly getting vandalised.

Graphics and art and design students from Grantham College worked hard to create a series of pictures to display in the tunnel between Huntingtower Road and Station Road. It is part of a joint initiative between Grantham College, London North Eastern Railway (LNER) and South Kesteven District Council to create a better environment for people who use the route.

But within days of first being unveiled in March, many of the panels had been defaced and pulled off the wall.

The artwork has become a target for vandals. (8009589)
The artwork has become a target for vandals. (8009589)

Enraged Grantham Journal readers sent in photos of the damage expressing their disgust.

Wendy Murphy said: “Thank you so much for trying. Sadly though, it’s a reality that no matter how people try to improve the tunnel, it seems that nothing is going to stop the mindless ‘idiots’ from continuing to vandalise the artwork, smash up all the light bulbs in the tunnel and spray graffiti everywhere.”

Theart boards were quickly repaired but it wasn’t long until they were vandalised again.

After repairing them for the second time, LNER decided to make the difficult decision to remove the artwork permanently to save any further damage.

Vandals have damaged artwork in railway tunnel. (10354386)
Vandals have damaged artwork in railway tunnel. (10354386)

Rachel Wilson, station partnership project manager, is hoping to relocate the artwork within Grantham train station.

She said: “We are extremely disappointed that the subway artwork has been vandalised yet again, which has resulted in us having to make the difficult and sad decision to remove all of the artwork from the subway.

“We are looking at options to relocate the artwork to areas within the station, as we have received such a positive response form the local community in relation to the artwork.”

Dave Thomas, graphic design course leader, says his students are disappointed but not beaten.

He said: “I am very saddened, disappointed and angry that our attempts to improve and brighten up a very dilapidated area of the town have been thwarted by mindless, disruptive and un-productiveindividuals.

“My students are upset and disappointed but remain determined to make their town better. I feel sorry for LNER who worked hard to make it happen. It must have been a blow to them, having put so much time, money and effort into this project. I do hope the plan to relocate the artwork within the confines of the station comes to fruition.

“I know my students will be only too happy to participate in future projects that benefit the town and I hope other companies will approach us to do so.”

Marketing manager Jaz Abeysekera added: “It really is a shame. It’s so disheartening to think that people would do this to something that students from the very same town have created. I still think what the students have created is great and am hopeful that the artwork can be rehoused somewhere else across Grantham.

“I hope this won’t put the students off working on projects similar to this one in the future. I know that the artwork was enjoyed by many while it was up and before it got destroyed
so their time wasn’t
wasted.”



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