Controversial ArtPrize piece vandalized

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GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.– Each year at ArtPrize we see controversial pieces pop up around town.  Some of them make a statement that others do not necessarily agree with.

Wednesday afternoon Timothy Gabriel arrived at his ArtPrize piece,  “Love Does Not Harm” to find someone had splattered it with red paint.  The piece depicts a gender neutral body atop a cross.  The body is filled in with news articles with homosexual slurs.

The piece is displayed at St. Marks Episcopal Church downtown Grand Rapids.

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9 comments

  • TheFoundingFathers

    Why waste money on paint? A match or lighter would work just fine! It’s also pretty sick that this trash is sitting in front of a church

    • Dan

      Always amused when people with names like the “founding fathers” talk about violating others right to liberty and property if it offends them.

    • WeREqual

      You’d be happy to know that the church it sits in front of is a LGBT friendly church.. They have a rainbow flag hanging from the church itself.. So come off your high horse.

  • GuessI'mnotmuchfun

    So it’s ok to vandalize artwork (or anything else) if you don’t like it or don’t agree with it? I hope to high Heaven you haven’t reproduced.

  • Brandine Butlicker

    That’s not so much art as it is a sign. I saw one of these on my way to use the restroom. It had a picture of a woman in a dress and underneath it said: WOMEN.

    Informative sign.

  • cugefan

    WXMI – just for the record: it’s “Canon Bob Schiesler”, not “Cannon”. This is why people in media should also have a liberal arts education, and not just study about how to look at a camera and how to read a teleprompter!