Monday, September 7, 2015
PARIS (AFP).- A controversial sculpture by artist Anish Kapoor on display in the gardens of the Palace of Versailles -- and informally dubbed the "queen's vagina" -- was vandalised again on Sunday, this time by anti-Semitic graffitti, officials said.
The giant sculpture was attacked in June and then cleaned, but Kapoor said that this time the graffitti would remain on the work, to bear witness to hatred.
Officially known as "Dirty Corner," the sculpture comprises a huge steel funnel that the 61-year-old British-Indian artist has described as "very sexual."
It and the rocks around it were sprayed in white paint with phrases such as "SS blood sacrifice," "Queen sacrificed, twice insulted," "the second RAPE of the nation by DEVIANT JEWISH activism" and "Christ is king in Versailles," the palace management said.
President Francois Hollande condemned the vandalism as "hateful and anti-Semitic" and Prime Minister Manuel Valls took to Twitter to say he felt disgust and warn the perpetrators would be severely punished.
Controversial sculpture by artist Anish Kapoor 'Queen's vagina' at Versailles vandalised again