Walker's Spoonbridge sculpture already restored after weekend "Kony" defacing

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The Spoonbridge is already good as new or close to it.
At about 1:30 a.m. Saturday morning, vandals inscribed "Kony" tags and anti-Kony messages on the Walker Art Center's "Spoonbridge and Cherry" sculpture and two other structures in the sculpture garden.

Here's some good news -- just over 48 hours later, workers have already scrubbed all the graffiti and restored the art works to as close to good as new as possible.

Ryan French, the Walker's director of public relations, said the Spoonbridge was cleaned on-site today with a good old-fashioned mixture of water, chemicals, and soaps. The sculptures "are created to withstand the worst of cold winters and rain, so they really stand up well" to cleaning, French said.

French declined to specify how much the Walker paid for the cleaning. "It's priceless work, and devastating to see it defaced," he said, adding that the museum has a contingency budget to cover damage to artwork.
"Kony" was inscribed on the world's most famous spoon early Saturday.


Security cameras in the sculpture garden caught some images of the vandals as they went to work Saturday morning. Police were dispatched to the scene while the vandalism was still in progress, but officers didn't arrive in time to make any arrests.

French said "it's still an open case and we can't comment on the details, but we're hoping we can find out who did it, bring this to closure and bring them to justice."

He characterized the "Kony" tag that was slapped upon the Spoonbridge as the "most egregious" act of vandalism anyone at the Walker can recall.

As far the motivations of the vandals, French said the museum currently doesn't know whether the tags were connected with Invisible Children's Friday night anti-Kony  "Cover the Night" event or not.

See also:
-- Walker's Spoonbridge sculpture defaced with Kony graffiti [PHOTO]
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Kvisoft
Kvisoft

What a special spoonbridge! But why are there no guardrails to keep its safety?

MattB
MattB

Who wants to bet that some juvenile from the suburbs did this?

MplsMN
MplsMN

Well it was an effective way to get the word on Kony out, and spread awareness of who he is, which was the objective. It was removed promptly, using funds the museum has on hand for these types of events. All in all, I see it as a very minimal act compared to the strong language that's been used here in response to it. As a citizen of Minneapolis with no political opinion, I must say that I know a lot of "liberals" who are very productive, innovative and community-serving individuals.

AaA
AaA

 Shut the fuck up and go jack off naked in San Diego

Mort
Mort

Spoon Fed Liberals!

Decievious Leroy Johnston Jr.
Decievious Leroy Johnston Jr.

Well, isn't that the mantra of Liberals?  "Give me your money because somehow I deserve it.  I don't know why I deserve it, but dammit!!!  I deserve your hard-earned money!!  You OWE ME!!!"  Why?  Because I am a lazy dumb-ass who could never accomplish anything by myself.  So somehow you owe me something!!!"

MplsMN
MplsMN

 Well it was an effective way to get the word on Kony out, and spread awareness of who he is, which was the objective. It was removed promptly, using funds the museum has on hand for these types of events. All in all, I see it as a very minimal act compared to the strong language that's been used here in response to it. As a citizen of Minneapolis with no political opinion, I must say that I know a lot of "liberals" who are very productive, innovative and community-serving individuals.

T-Boner
T-Boner

Awesome.  Now the city can piss away another $10k painting that crap instead of paying its police officers and firefighters the pension money they promised them.  That's what you get for letting the extreme liberal pukes take over your city.  Enjoy!

Joe J
Joe J

Wow! Must be pretty sad to be you - or be around you.

John Taylor
John Taylor

The walker, which owns the Cherry Spoon Bridge, is privately funded.  The city probably didn't pay anything.  Thanks for playing the "blame the government for everything" game though.

Brian
Brian

T-Boner, did you read the article? The city didn't paint anything. The Walker is a private art gallery. It took care of the "cleaning" on its own.

Joe J
Joe J

People like T-Boner don't ususally have enough of an attention span to "read" an entire article, let alone be able to comprehend it.

Hero Alert
Hero Alert

Maybe we could use all the public art restoration budget to fill the spoon with beef stew and pour it into the mouths of hungry Minneapolis police officers and firefighters?

Decievious Leroy Johnston Jr.
Decievious Leroy Johnston Jr.

Or maybe we could use that money to pay for more Welfare trash to move into our city to commit more crime!!!  C'mon, Minnesota!!!  Our prisons aren't full yet!!!!  

Because you Liberals love "diversity" so much, lets send more of them on over from Chicago, Gary Indiana, and Detroit!!!!  Or how about this:  Let's use that money to send more Jihaadists over here from Somalia!!!!  I *HEART* "diversity"!!!!

J. Scanlon
J. Scanlon

at least you aren't even trying to push the idea of Compassionate Conservatism

Erica
Erica

How about you move to Somalia since you clearly sound like someone who would rather have no government and lots of guns?

Hero Alert
Hero Alert

(twenty-two exclamation marks) NOT THE SPOOOOOOON

ThatSh*tCray
ThatSh*tCray

Ugh.......  I feel confident saying that the City did not pay anything close to $10k cleaning "that crap," or as I like to call it, ART.  (NOTE: "...museum has a contingency budget to cover damage to artwork.")

a grandpa
a grandpa

the only reason the police and firefighters eeven have a pension is because of the extreme liberal pukes. the audacity.....weekends off and 40 hour weeks, too....damn tree huggers

Decievious Leroy Johnston Jr.
Decievious Leroy Johnston Jr.

Yes, they work 40 hours a week, but they have to work every other weekend.  Also, many of them work straight 12-hour shifts.  And I agree that this money should go to them.  After all, they are protecting innocent tax payers from the Welfare trash who commit crimes like flash mobs, gang violence, etc. in our city. 

T-Boner
T-Boner

 How do you figure?  Weekends off, really?  Then who is patrolling the streets?  I don't know any cop that works a simple 40 hour work week?  Typical liberal, trying to take credit for something someone else did.

J. Scanlon
J. Scanlon

how in the fucking fuck was he taking credit for anything

T-Boner
T-Boner

 City Pages should stick to what it's good at:  Wasting their time by doing another story on that moron Michelle Bachmann. 

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