- Associated Press - Tuesday, September 22, 2015

VERSAILLES, France (AP) - A sculpture by Anish Kapoor in the Versailles Palace gardens is being covered with gold leaf to mask anti-Semitic graffiti that caused an outcry in a country still reeling from January’s terror attack on a Jewish supermarket.

The controversial red trumpet-shaped work by the British-Indian Jewish sculptor was dubbed the “Queen’s Vagina” by media and has been vandalized three times since its installation in June in the conservative town of Versailles.

A Versailles tribunal ruled over the weekend that the graffiti should be removed but Kapoor chose instead to gild it into obscurity - what the 61-year-old described to the Figaro newspaper as his “royal response” to the vandalism.

Workers are installing an alarm system in the famed 17th -century gardens - designed by Andre Le Notre, principal gardener to King Louis XIV - to prevent further breaches of security on the sculpture.


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