- Associated Press - Thursday, October 2, 2014

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) - An artist who’s taking part in the ArtPrize international art contest in Grand Rapids says his entry was vandalized.

Timothy Gabriel is the creator of “Love Does Not Harm,” a work that aims to raise awareness about the negative impact of homophobic rhetoric.

When Gabriel returned Wednesday to his entry’s display site outside St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, he found that someone had splattered red paint or ink on it.

Gabriel tells WOOD-TV (https://bit.ly/1r14LDa ) “it’s a shame that someone had to tarnish the front of it the way that they did.”

He says he’s tried several different cleansers to remove the substance, but nothing has worked so far.

ArtPrize runs through Oct. 12. Organizers say there are more than 1,500 entries at 174 venues in Grand Rapids.

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Online:

https://www.artprize.org

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Information from: WOOD-TV, https://www.woodtv.com

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