Artist upset at naked lady vandalism

'Someone may have objected to her naked body'

ANNA TURNER
Last updated 14:56 09/10/2012
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John Kirk-Anderson

VIOLATED: Kees Bruin and his artwork at Sumner that has been vandalised with white paint.

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Artist Kees Bruin thinks someone was so offended by his painting of a naked woman they decided to cover it up. 

The artwork, which hangs on a container in Sumner and features a naked woman, has been vandalised with white paint. 

"Someone has thrown it at it and it's dribbled all down it. It's completely ruined," Bruin said. 

Bruin, who noticed the paint on the way home from work yesterday, said he felt "violated" by the act.

"At first I thought it might be someone who had a personal vendetta against me. It was the only one that had been ruined, so it did make me a bit nervous."

Now he thought the image of a naked woman may have offended someone. 

"That's what I'm thinking. Someone may have objected to her naked body and tagged it."

However, other people had praised his artwork.

"At first I was a bit shy and apprehensive about it being up there, but I've had a lot of great feedback about it," Bruin said.

"The men especially have assured me the woman is beautiful. They're very pleased."

The artwork, part of an exhibition by Bryan Le Strange, had hung in Sumner for the past two months.

"The proceeds of the exhibition are going towards the earthquake recovery fund, so it is pretty annoying," Bruin said.

He said it would be up to Le Strange whether they would fix the painting. 

"I'm not sure whether they'll replace it or not. It is sad to see that done," Bruin said.

The police had been notified about the vandalism.

"I heard there had been a spate of tagging around the Sumner community," Bruin said. 

Sergeant Gary Manch said the destruction of the painting was "mindless".

"It's just people with nothing better to do with their time, although in this case it seems someone may have been offended by the content."

He said there had been vandalism in Sumner, but no more than any other part of Christchurch.

"It's a problem the whole city continues to face," he said.

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