'Skoden' graffiti covered up from Sudbury water tower

Graffiti that appeared on the water tower in Sudbury earlier this summer has now been covered up by the owner.

Word is slang popular in Indigenous culture that means ‘Let’s go then’

The owner of the water tower in Sudbury says he had a crew remove graffiti from it on Thursday. In July, someone painted the word 'skoden' on it. (Waubgeshig Rice/CBC)

Graffiti that appeared on the water tower in Sudbury earlier this summer has now been covered up.

In July, the word 'Skoden' was painted on the landmark.  It's a term used as slang that is popular in Indigenous culture that means 'Let's go then.'

The owner of the water tower, Dario Zulich, filed a vandalism complaint with police.

On Thursday, Zulich had a crew paint over it. 

He says he wanted the graffiti covered over before the holiday season, calling it his 'gift to the city'.

Zulich says he has big plans for the water tower next year.

"I want to light it up with LED lights and make it change colours not unlike the CN tower in Toronto," he said.

"For now though, of course I'm very proud of Sudbury so I'm going to repaint the word 'Sudbury', but it could happen a number of ways. Downtown there's all kinds of paintings on buildings which are so beautiful, that I'm open to all kinds of suggestions."

Zulich says an access ladder has been removed from below the water tower, so he doesn't expect any more vandalism to the landmark.

With files from Angela Gemmill