Kemp Town Aids memorial vandalized

The city’s popular AIDS memorial was vandalized.

The Tay sculpture in New Steine ​​Gardens, Brighton has been covered in black felt tip pen.

The words “RIP Wish” and “Love ya Wish” were scrawled all over the base.

Tay was designed by Romany Mark Bruce as a place for people living with AIDS to reflect and remember.

But the public was devastated to find the memorial had been vandalized last Friday.

The Argus: The Tay Aids memorial with graffiti on its baseThe Tay Aids memorial with graffiti on its base

“It’s disappointing and luckily it’s only happened a couple of times,” said Romany, who lives across from the statue.

“It’s disappointing considering it’s a memorial for people to come and reflect on.

“I discovered it last week and reported it to the council.”

The meaning of the writing is not known, although it appears to have been written in a person’s memory.

“I have no idea, I can’t figure it out,” Romany said.

The Argus: The front of the baseThe front of the pedestal

One person who saw the graffiti said on social media: “It’s a sad indictment on our society that people feel it’s okay to do this.”

The Argus contacted Brighton and Hove City Council, which is responsible for removing graffiti from monuments across the city.

A spokesman for the council said: “We had not previously been made aware of the graffiti at the New Steine ​​memorial.

The Argus: All sides were coveredAll sides were covered

“If you see hate-based or offensive graffiti or stickers, please report it through our environmental hotline.”

The graffiti had been removed by city officials by Thursday.

The AIDS memorial is of particular importance this year as 40 years have passed since the first case in the city.

The first AIDS death in Brighton was recorded in 1984.

An exhibition of images of people living with HIV was held in December 2021, aimed at reducing the stigma of the virus.

The Argus: The statue has now been cleaned after covering all sides with black penThe statue has now been cleaned after all sides have been covered with black pen

Coinciding with World AIDS Day on 1 December, the collection of 25 portraits was displayed at the Jubilee Library on Jubilee Street in Brighton, as well as on digital screens in other Brighton and Hove libraries. Kemp Town Aids memorial vandalized

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