Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Vandals Spray Graffiti on Riverfront Artwork Mural, Installation along Allegheny Hit

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Vandals Spray Graffiti on Riverfront Artwork Mural, Installation along Allegheny Hit

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Two art installations along the Allegheny River in Downtown were discovered vandalized on Wednesday.

A 700-foot-long mural, titled "Adjutant" that was designed by Kim Beck and painted in 2015 by Clear Story, was damaged.

Eric Papimeau, a production technician with Clear Story, a South Side studio, said a number of crude words and images were spray-painted along about half of the mural.

Also damaged was an installation titled "Displaced," a set of about 20 panels with photos by Maranie Staab that depicts refugees from Syria, Jordan, Iraq and Lebanon. The faces of children in two of the photos were crossed out with spray paint.

The children in the damaged images are refugees from Daraa, Syria, Ms. Staab said.

Ms. Staab, 29, who lives in the East End, said she is temporarily staying in West Mosul, Iraq, visiting several camps for internationally displaced people. Ms. Staab said she's unsure whether the graffiti was specifically targeting her work and its message, but she hopes it was random. …

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