Vancouver Mural Festival artwork vandalized downtown

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City of Vancouver workers clean up a Vancouver Mural Festival augmented reality exhibit that was destroyed in front of the Vancouver Art Gallery in Vancouver on Friday morning. (Ben Nelms/CBC - image credit)
City of Vancouver workers clean up a Vancouver Mural Festival augmented reality exhibit that was destroyed in front of the Vancouver Art Gallery in Vancouver on Friday morning. (Ben Nelms/CBC - image credit)

Police are investigating after several pieces of public art were destroyed in downtown Vancouver.

The interactive, open-air exhibits at Hastings and Hornby streets were part of the Vancouver Mural Festival and were discovered smashed on Friday morning.

Photos posted online show the installations tipped over with the walls smashed.

The art pieces included augmented reality and were part of an effort to create safe experiences in public spaces during the pandemic.

"We're saddened this morning by the vandalism to our augmented reality exhibits," Andrea Curtis, VMF's executive director said in a statement.

"Our team is busy assessing the damage, and will be removing pieces which are beyond repair. Meanwhile, we're grateful to the community who has been grabbing photos and alerting us of the damage."

Workers could be seen cleaning up the damaged pieces on Friday afternoon.

The Vancouver Police Department said it is aware of the vandalism and confirmed it is investigating.

The Vancouver Police Department said it is aware of the vandalism and confirmed it is investigating.
The Vancouver Police Department said it is aware of the vandalism and confirmed it is investigating.