Sir Anish Kapoor’s controversial "Dirty Corner" sculpture, located in the gardens of the Palace of Versailles, has been sprayed with graffiti.
Kapoor’s work was cleaned when it was defaced for the first time in June this year, however after the second attack the artist has said the words would remain on the sculpture.
French President Francois Hollande has described the slogan sprayed on the artwork as "hateful and anti-semitic", however Kapoor will allow it to stay as a testament to social intolerance.
Kapoor said: "The sculpture will now carry the scars of this renewed attack. I will not allow this act of violence and intolerance to be erased.
"Dirty Corner will now be marked with hate and I will preserve these scars as a memory of this painful history. I am determined that art will triumph"
The sculpture has been described by Kapoor as "very sexual" but has also said that it was open to interpretation.
The sculpture will continue to be displayed until November.
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Art simply for its own sake or for the sake of the artist’s own self expression should not qualify for being displayed to the public ! On the other hand any art which, when on public display, can serve to lift our spirits and motivate us into taking good positive action to improve our lives – is what is really sorely needed!!
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