New Farm Rainbow Art Sculpture To Be Repaired After Damage By Vandals

The permanent art installation celebrating the LGBTIQ community at New Farm’s Neighbourhood Centre is set to be repaired after recent vandalism.

The artwork was created by Lismore artist Karl de Waal in 2014 to celebrate the spirit and diversity of Brisbane’s LGBTIQ community.

Earlier this month, vandals removed a copper plaque that contained meaningful “words of hope” (pictured below, right) and chipped off many of the mosaic tiles around it.

Local Central Ward councillor Vicki Howard said she was working with New Farm Neighbourhood Centre coordinator Jenny Ryan and the centre’s managers Communify QLD to get the damage repaired “as a matter of priority”.

“The vandalism of this piece undermines exactly the hope and unity that the project was aiming to foster in the community,” Cr Howard said.

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“It is extremely disappointing, especially as members of our local LGBTIQ community had contributed to the project and because the Neighbourhood Centre is renowned as such a safe and welcoming space.

“Every time I visit the Neighbourhood Centre, I meet someone new admiring the artwork.”