Controversial riverside artwork targeted by vandals

The Gathering Place, which cost taxpayers £350,000, has suffered a spate of graffiti attacks.

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Vandalism: Artwork has suffered spate of graffiti attacks.

Vandals have struck at a controversial riverside artwork in Inverness.

The so-called Gathering Place, which cost taxpayers £350,000, has suffered a spate of graffiti attacks since its unveiling just two months ago.

Urging anyone with information to call the police, a council spokeswoman said the damage was criminal and a waste of taxpayers’ money.

The aim of the minimalist stonework by artists Sans Façon and architects KHBT is to unite “architecture, art and the Scottish landscape”.

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The curved pier was designed to be a place for gathering and contemplation.

However, there were years of angry debate prior its installation centred on its cost and purpose.

The artwork is a replacement for a previous proposal for a £300,000 see-saw-like installation.

Some local residents complained that either design would spoil the riverside.

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Most recently, the replacement structure was criticised for its lack of wheelchair access.

The Gathering Place is part of Highland Council’s £758,350 River Connections public art programme.

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