Mischief at the Vancouver Art Gallery: police seek a suspect

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      A visitor to the Vancouver Art Gallery allegedly popped part of the bubble wrap on a work of art by an Indigenous artist.

      Vancouver police are seeking the suspect, believed to be a male between 19 and 23 years old, with a thin build, brown eyes, and black shoulder-length curly hair.

      The incident occurred on February 3 to Maureen Gruben's Untitled (Delta Trim) installation, which was created in 2018.

      It's being described by police as a case of "mischief". This charge is laid in connection with intentionally damaging or interfering with another person's property.

      It's a hybrid offence, with Crown having the option of pursuing an indictable or summary conviction.

      “It is very upsetting to see the blatant disregard towards the artist’s time, energy and creative expression that it took to create this piece of art,” Const. Tania Visintin said in a VPD news release.

      Maureen Gruben's Untitled (Delta Trim), 2018, was created with bubble wrap, reflective tape, Velcro, zip ties, and moose hide.
      Fazakas Gallery

      According to Visintin, the artwork can be repaired at an approximate cost of between $5,500 and $6,500.

      Anyone with knowledge of the suspect's identity is being asked to contact Vancouver police.

      Here's a third image of the suspect.

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