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T-Bo sculpture at Yellowknife City Hall vandalized over the weekend

Several Yellowknife residents worked for hours Sunday cleaning up a well-known sculpture that had been vandalized at City Hall over the weekend.

Friends of the late sculptor spend hours removing graffiti

Francois Thibault's sculpture "United in Celebration" was vandalized over the weekend. (Sue Glowach)

Several Yellowknife residents worked for hours Sunday cleaning up a well-known sculpture that had been vandalized at City Hall over the weekend.

The vandalism was discovered Sunday morning by Yellowknife resident William Greenland.

"I go down on Sundays and pray and offer tobacco and play my flute. I couldn't play my flute because I was so upset with what I saw," Greenland says.

Sculptor and jewelry-maker, Francois "T-Bo" Thibault, designed the sculpture entitled "United in Celebration" in 2009. It's six metres high and depicts three drum dancers. It now stands on the shores of Yellowknife's Frame Lake across from city hall.

William Greenland and other residents spent hours on Sunday removing graffiti off the Francois Thibault sculpture at Yellowknife City Hall.

Thibault died of brain cancer in April 2014.

"I like this place and T-Bo was a good friend of mine," Greenland says. "Just no respect. Somebody has no respect."

Three other residents came down to help clean the sculpture after seeing a Facebook post by Greenland. Sue Glowach says she and Stephen Woolfe and Christine Glowach worked for several hours scrubbing off the drawings.

"It came off sort of. It's still smudged. The City's going to have to paint it," Greenland says.

Glowach says Thibault's original design was to have the piece covered in luminescent paint. That way the colour of the sculpture would look differently depending on how the light hit it.

Glowach says the paint job would be expensive and the money has yet to be raised.

Anyone with information on the vandalism is asked to call the RCMP.

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