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Anti-Semitic graffiti to be scrubbed from ‘queen’s vagina’

Artist Anish Kapoor to supervise removal of anti-Jewish slogans from defaced sculpture near France’s Versailles palace

The sculpture 'Dirty Corner' by British-Indian artist Anish Kapoor in the gardens of the Palace of Versailles, near Paris was spray-painted with anti-Semitic graffiti on September 6, 2015. The French phrase in center reads: 'Bloody sacrifice' (Christophe Ena/AP)
The sculpture 'Dirty Corner' by British-Indian artist Anish Kapoor in the gardens of the Palace of Versailles, near Paris was spray-painted with anti-Semitic graffiti on September 6, 2015. The French phrase in center reads: 'Bloody sacrifice' (Christophe Ena/AP)

Anti-Semitic graffiti scrawled on a controversial sculpture by Anish Kapoor at the Palace of Versailles in France will be removed under the supervision of the artist, authorities said Friday.

Called “Dirty Corner” but dubbed the “queen’s vagina”, the 60-meter (200-foot) long, 10-meter high funnel-like sculpture has been repeatedly vandalized since it was unveiled in the palace’s gardens in June.

When anti-Semitic graffiti was daubed on it this month, Kapoor said he wanted the “abominable words” to be left.

Bu the 61-year-old British-Indian superstar artist has had a change of mind.

The authorities who run the palace outside Paris said work will begin in the next few days “to cover up the damage, under the supervision of the artist.”

Kapoor’s work is not the first to be defaced recently in France.

In October 2014, vandals in Paris’s chic Place Vendome deflated a massive sculpture by American artist Paul McCarthy that was shaped like a sex toy.

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