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”.
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.
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.