Walker's Spoonbridge sculpture defaced with Kony graffiti [PHOTO]
|The Spoonbridge isn't quite as abstract as it used to be.|
The word "Kony" has been spray-painted on the Walker Art Center's "Spoonbridge and Cherry" sculpture.
Joseph Kony is the head of the Lord's Resistance Army, a Ugandan guerrilla group accused of abducting children to become child sex slaves and child soldiers. He was indicted for war crimes and crimes against humanity by the International Criminal Court in 2005 but has evaded capture.
Since 1986, an estimated 66,000 children have become soldiers and two million Africans in Uganda, the Democratic Republic of Congo, the Central African Republic, and South Sudan have been internally displaced due to the LRA's campaign.
Here's a full-sized look at the Spoonbridge graffiti:
On Friday, the grassroots advocacy group Invisible Children held a nationwide "Cover the Night" event where supporters plastered American cities with anti-Kony art and posters. It's unclear whether the Walker graffiti is connected with Invisible Children's effort.
Since early March, Kony has received a blitz of media attention following the release of Invisible Children's Kony 2012 film. The film, which has been viewed nearly 90 million times on YouTube, is aimed at making Kony's alleged atrocities globally known in hopes he'll be arrested by the end of the year.
If you're curious, you can watch the half-hour long film here.
-- Walker's Spoonbridge sculpture already restored after weekend "Kony" defacing