Berlin Wall artwork damaged by vandals

06.07.2020 - 15:40
 Mynd: Eiríkur Guðmundsson/RÚV - RÚV
A piece of art by Jakob Wagner, painted onto a section of the former Berlin Wall, was damaged over the weekend in Reykjavík. The painting’s face has been severely degraded through the throwing of bricks, it is believed.

“It is shocking to see,” says Sigurður Trausti Traustason, the head of assets and research at Reykjavík Art Museum. “We definitely want to fix it. One just doesn’t understand what drives people. This is out-and-out vandalism.” 

Eiríkur Guðmundsson, a local resident, noticed the damage on Sunday evening and took the above picture. “I suspect it was done on Saturday night by throwing stones,” Eiríkur told RÚV.   

There is a small pile of paving bricks close to the artwork and there are broken fragments of the painting and Berlin Wall scattered around. 

The City of Reykjavík received the section of wall and the painting as a gift from the Neue West Berlin arts centre in October 2015. Wagner was asked to come to Iceland to restore the painting in August 2017 to make it more resistant to Icelandic winter weather, as the picture was starting to show signs of degradation.  

Asked if the vandalism will be reported to the police, Sigurður Trausti says: “That is something we will have to look into.” 

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Alexander Elliott
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