Art moves some to tears, some to anger, and on very rare occasions it
stirs acts of passion. These are the people who damage artworks with
affection, writes William Park.
The destruction of art is often politically motivated – it can even be
hate-filled. Art should move people emotionally, and when that emotion
is anger it is possible to see why some people resort to vandalism.
High-profile artworks come to represent national identities, symbols of
the people who keep them or of the museums in which they are held. The
Mona Lisa has been the target of vandalism on numerous occasions. Once,
by a woman denied French citizenship. Another time, while out on loan,
by someone frustrated with the Tokyo National Museum’s lack of disabled