Walker's Spoonbridge sculpture defaced with Kony graffiti [PHOTO]

Categories: Minneapolis
The Spoonbridge isn't quite as abstract as it used to be.
Sometime over the weekend, someone decided to inscribe a politically themed message upon one of Minneapolis's most iconic structures.

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:
kony walker.jpg

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.

Related:
-- Walker's Spoonbridge sculpture already restored after weekend "Kony" defacing
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Spundspunds
Spundspunds

what they didnt have time to write "fuck kony or kill kony, or even kony sucks" maybe even go as far as "did you hear about this kony guy what a dick" ,  I mean otherwise its just his name, I mean if your going to spray something you might as  well editorialize one way or the other

Possibly Anti-Anti-Anti-Kony
Possibly Anti-Anti-Anti-Kony

There's this big anti-anti-Kony movement with people not giving any details about themselves and their own motivations for saying Kony is no big problem any more while asking the question who is this guy (who made the film) and why is he really making the video. I'm not sure were I stand on the video and movement leadership, but I wouldn't put it past the anti-anti Kony people to spray paint a treasured piece of artwork to make the Anti-Kony people look bad. The skeptics are acting worse than the radicals in some cases. Just a hunch....

Cray cray
Cray cray

Did Ron Paul get to you too? No sir, KONY supporters are as bright as a Tea Partier.

Minneapolis sucks
Minneapolis sucks

What kind scum-sucking lowlife hates him or herself enough to make such a ridiculous statement.  Probably just some cranky back-stabbing Upper Midwesterner on a bad day.

Jeff
Jeff

The city has no money to fix the sculpture garden as it is. Hope the cameras got a great shot to use at his arraignment!

Blablah
Blablah

Took down several of these the posters in the Fairwood area of Renton.

They used glue to affix the posters to several street signs (and private property apartment signs).

Pretty sad what they did.  As they KONY supporters like to say.  "This is something we can all agree on."Yeah.  We can all agree that defacing art, private property, streets sign, etc just goes to show you how little people think for themselves anymore.

Everything in the news was KONY, KONY, KONY.  Then we had naked made and then vodka man.  No more KONY news now.

David
David

I find it odd that you refer to use the word "vandalism" in this entire article, but yet you do direct people to the Kony 2012 video.  

Bianca
Bianca

Ugh. Not helping the cause, man..

Christopher Joseph
Christopher Joseph

This actually got me to research KONY 2012 and I have just donated $500 and bought a t-shirt to support the struggles of children in West Africa. Thanks to this activist, I am a better American. 

Minneapolis sucks
Minneapolis sucks

I'm sure you mean well man, but I think we all have to take a step back and critically examine whether simply making KONY more well known is going to make people take him on.  I'm sorry to say, but most Americans don't know about, and don't care about Brown and Black people in countries they cannot even point out on a map.  And education campaign around these subjects is what we need IN OUR SCHOOLS!  NOT TO THROW MORE MONEY AT THE PROBLEM THAT WE SHOULD BE USING TO EDUCATE OUR CHILDREN AND IGNORANT ADULTS.

K. Signal Eingang
K. Signal Eingang

Great! So you gave $500 to a shadowy organization that's supporting a government that, among other things, supports capital punishment for homosexuals. But at least you've managed to stake out a side in a complex, multi-generational conflict you spent about half an hour "researching".

Enjoy that t-shirt.

Osha Karow
Osha Karow

No worries, mates! -A little bit of "Goof Off" and some dedicated scrubbing... and she'll be as good as new. Although, I will admit this wasn't the classiest thing to do.

dm
dm

I am disheartened that all the comments just assume this was done by an Invisible Children supporter. People sure are quick to blame and judge, not even knowing who did this.

Jer Grafsgaard
Jer Grafsgaard

People are not judging "WHY" the vandal did it. They are judging "WHAT" the vandal did."WHO" the vandal is, frankly is irrelevant.

Joeblackstad
Joeblackstad

Put up a poster, a bumper sticker or change your Facebook status, but don't deface a piece of art. Toolbags.

Kirk the Conservative Jerk
Kirk the Conservative Jerk

Didn't WE THE TAXPAYER just pay $20,000+ for the repainting of this stupid thing? I am rather surprised this miniscule amount of graffiti made the news.

Example - #Occupy Midwest Vandals Deface Historic St. Louis Landmarks & Leave Threats – “Only Blood of Rich Will Stop Occupy”

Now try to find that story of vandalism covered in OUR local news.  The national news did however cover it...

civicpride2
civicpride2

Actually, Kirk. No taxpayers paid for the repainting. Private funds. Check your facts.

Kirk the Conservative Jerk
Kirk the Conservative Jerk

here is more proof you're lying, or at least have been lied to -

Lake Superior Railroad 45,000 To conserve the seats, chairs, and sofas in an 1893 business car from the Museum Duluth, Missabe, and Northern Railroad; one set of sofa cushions needs to be recreated using historical methods and materials

Kirk the Conservative Jerk
Kirk the Conservative Jerk

here is more to PROVE you're wrong and have been lied to-

Greater Litchfield Opera 115,000 To complete exterior masonry preservation and rebuild missing entrance House Association column of the Litchfield Opera House, listed in the National Register of Historic Places

Explain that!

Cray cray
Cray cray

Legacy Funds require an overly bureaucratic process to obtain, usually by grants. There is a restoration fund, but it doesn't cover vandalism.  You don't just get $20k the moment someone poops on your statue.  I'm sure in the future The Walker could apply for "restoration" of the cherry on the spoon but doubtful they would get it.   Walker's general funds are a mix of private and public monies, so in a sense yes we might be paying for some of it.

Kirk the Conservative Jerk
Kirk the Conservative Jerk

Wrong!It falls under the "Cultural Heritage Fund", which is 1/3 of the the 19.75% siphoned from the Legacy Tax.

This "Cultural Heritage Fund"fund provides for the "restoration" and "preservation"of various centers, sculptures, etc.  Remember the vikings were trying to tap into this because of the vague language structure?The Walker even used this fund to "rebuild" it's website.  Perhaps that is where it was specified for promotion. 

Here is a piece of a publication from the  Minnesota State Legislature - Office of the Legislative Auditor, as what is proposed to be spent this year (2012) -

Table 2.10: Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund Appropriations, Fiscal Years 2012(In thousands)Minnesota State Arts Board $22,167Minnesota Historical Society 12,050Minnesota Department of Administration 9,175Minnesota Department of Education 3,000Minnesota Humanities Center 1,575Minnesota Zoological Garden 1,500Minnesota Department of Agricultural 1,400Indian Affairs Council 875Perpich Center for Arts Education 850Legislature 8Total $52,600I can break this into subs if you wish.

Here is some money spent under this fund in the fiscal yr. 2011 -City of Coleraine 27,400 - To replace the furnace and air conditioner and repair roof on the Coleraine Library, listed in the National Register of Historic Places.No funding huh?Explain that champ!

Kirk the Conservative Jerk
Kirk the Conservative Jerk

Where can I find those facts?  I thought It was funded as part of the "Legacy Act".    I do know 19.75 percent of the Legacy Act sales tax DOES go towards the arts and cultural heritage purposes.  So rest assured, its future repainting WILL be done on the backs of the taxpayer. 

theoko
theoko

A little bit of ignorance goes a long way.

civicpride2
civicpride2

The Legacy fund does not cover maintenance of existing art works. It funds new projects or provides access to people in the state bring art to their communities. Check out the guidelines on the State Arts Board site.

truckload_bear
truckload_bear

Protest? Fine. Leafleting & political speech? Awesome. Defacing a Minneapolis icon?  Douche-tastic. 

GUNNARSTURM
GUNNARSTURM

THEY NEED TO TAT KORNEY ON THE FACE OF THE PUNK ASS WHO DID THIS,,,,

Paulglegrand
Paulglegrand

Kony fare is a bore...it was only on facebook a week and then never heard from again. Nobody cares...just a fact.

Steven Theisen
Steven Theisen

Hate to be the bearer of bad news, but this is what happens when a nation becomes overpopulated. Kony is killing sure, but I guarantee this wouldn't happen if Uganda didn't have a population of 35MIlion people... When you have a lack of resources to provide basic human needs, people begin fighting over these needs. You can kill Kony, but a million more of these types pop up, until you teach these developing countries you cannot have 12 children and expect there to be food, water, shelter for you. Oh the American's will provide, HA! We cannot even feed all of people here at home. We have veterans starving and jobless, more middle-aged people unemployed since the Great Depression. The idiots thinking they can provide change by killing one man. Look at the operating budget for "Invisible Children", all about exploiting problems to make a quick buck. We need to find out how to get food, water, shelter to the masses, and teach that we can only feed so many mouths. Religions preach this live, love, and procreate.... Sorry, but that procreating has torn down so many ecosystems including many originial growth forests, Rainforest destruction, etc. So we can develop more land for agriculture. All the while, we water our lawns, apply fertilizers, and mow our millions of acres of lawns, while we could be putting them to more productive uses. We basically treat our lawns as a crop, and they require more inputs to keep them healthy. And guess what, at the end of the season... WE DON'T YIELD A HARVEST from all these inputs for the unsustainable American lawn. America has this stupid assumption that singular people are the problem... The human race is the problem... We cannot obtain peace throughout the world until we learn to be sustainable, and that we need all this junk, this idea that we have to give all these plastic toys, and goods to each other to express our love, seriously ridiculous. I was probably more spoiled than most Americans, and I can tell you all these gifts, toys, video games, they're pretty much all junk by now... Will I remember any of them, maybe a litte, but I can tell you I can recall times spent with family and friends as if it occured yesterday. We need to get back to the things that actually matter in life. We need to care about our brothers, sisters, etc. They are all we have, you can tell yourself all you want that your TV-that you watch 5 hours a day- will be for you through your cancer treatment, or on your death bed, OK maybe, but that Television won't be there crying, comforing you, holding your hand.

Spundspunds
Spundspunds

 i hate raking the leaves and can see  your point about the lengths we can go to maintain lawns and such, but, do you really have a problem with people having yards? I dont know dude there is so much land out there , farmers  have yards man, come on

Cray cray
Cray cray

Overpopulation can have casual effects, but in reality, it is how the population lives and is "managed." Japan has a total area of 140,000 for 127 million people.  And most of that land is mountain.  But of course it is a highly advanced industrialized society, where people have settled and stabilized over many generations.  Uganda has barely seen a stable anything in over a 100 years, is landlocked, and has multiple ethnic groups with no majority.  And I haven't seen a country that wasn't clusterfucked by a coup d'etat in its history. 

Kirk the Conservative Jerk
Kirk the Conservative Jerk

While I agree with some of what you said, you also said, "this is what happens when a nation becomes overpopulated"????????

Of the latest (2002) inventory of U.S. major land uses, drawing on data from the census, public land management and conservation agencies, and other sources. The United States has a total land area of nearly 2.3 billion acres. Major uses in 2002 were forest-use land, 651 million acres (28.8 percent); grassland pasture and range land, 587 million acres (25.9 percent); cropland, 442 million acres (19.5 percent); special uses (primarily parks and wildlife areas), 297 million acres (13.1 percent); miscellaneous other uses, 228 million acres (10.1 percent); and urban land, 60 million acres (2.6 percent).

Over populated????  less that 13% is used by humans and that is "overpopulated"?This study is found at the USDA.

Minneapolis sucks
Minneapolis sucks

Overpopulation statistics need to be read in the manner in which they are appropriate.  Sheer number of bodies doesn't mean shit.  It's where those bodies are on the globe, where the food can be safely grown and dispersed, and the economic and political systems that support them.  Uganda, as with most of Africa, was haphazardly divided up among all the colonizers, and as a result many people are where they should not be.  Reparations and massiver international intervention on the humanitarian side is needed.  

Steven Theisen
Steven Theisen

Sorry if that's the way this reads. What I meant was, Uganda is extremely over-populated.  Uganda is, roughly, the same land size as Minnesota, except with a population 6X as large. I totally agree, the United States has a sustainable population currently; however, American habits are unsustainable.

Specklefeather
Specklefeather

Nice work. By you advertising the Invisible Children cause only praises the defacing graffiti. You're giving them exactly what they wanted--attention.

gingermpls
gingermpls

Just really disappointing...People read an article online, take a class at a liberal arts college, or have an intense conversation and now want to be some vigilante, and believe they know for fact whats right and wrong, and are going to take action...Like in the many minutes this took to do and plan, how did the obvious wrongness not occur to this person. MISGUIDED IDIOT.

slpstudent
slpstudent

Don't slam liberal arts colleges. A class at a liberal arts college is not going to inspire someone to do this - instead, it should make the student think twice before doing this.

rvm4
rvm4

I used to give 2% of a crap about this guy. Now I give 0% of a crap. When supporters of a cause are a-holes, that cause becomes irrelevant.

David Foureyes
David Foureyes

Kony is a fucking scam...stupid sheep.

I treasure the term "slacktivism" btw. Consider it treasured.

Kari Koehler
Kari Koehler

I just wonder how breaking the law (defacing through grafitti) is supposed to get people to "wake up" and want justice through capturing Kony? Seems to me that this was poorly planned and obviously not a good idea. It gives civil disobediance a bad name.

Melissa Summers
Melissa Summers

Of course, you just gave this idiot exactly what s/he wanted -- publicity.

atrupar
atrupar

I realize that, but it's still a story worth reporting. And I probably should've been more clear in the post that I certainly don't endorse defacing one of Minneapolis' most beloved works of art -- quite the contrary. I was just aiming to supply a little context with my discussion of Kony's history, as I've seen "Kony" graffiti tags in other parts of town as well. 

ludwigtr
ludwigtr

Then post an update.

atrupar
atrupar

Stay tuned. I have a call in to the Walker about what it'll take to clean up the graffiti, and how long.

ThatSh*tCray
ThatSh*tCray

I don't care what your cause is.  There is no excuse for defacing one of our most beloved sculptures in the Twin Cities.

F*ck you, asshole. 

ludwigtr
ludwigtr

I second the F*ck you, asshole comment.

way to avoid real activism and deface something beloved.  Whoever did this, just lost one supporter of their cause, right here.

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