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Cleaning Akureyri Church Proves Problematic

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Cleaning Akureyri Church Proves Problematic

Akureyri Church.

Akureyri church. Photo: Páll Stefánsson.

Cleaning the walls of Akureyri church, North Iceland, which was spray-painted with vulgar messages the night before last, is proving to be difficult, according to RÚV. Possibly, the outer layer of the building will have to be replaced. Police have no suspect, but the spray paint can used in the act and left at the scene was purchased in Akureyri.

Altogether four churches were spray-painted in Akureyri that night, but none of them more so than Akureyri church. Cleaning of the other three was successful.

Ólafur Rúnar Ólafsson, chairman of the church council, stated that although cleaning of the surface of the walls went well, color had bled deeper into the coating. Different cleaning agents are being used to try to remove the paint, but if those attempts prove unsuccessful, the damaged parts of the coating will have to be replaced. “Of course we worry that will affect the appearance of the church for a long time,” Ólafur admitted.

According to skemman.is, the church was originally covered with shell sand and obsidian fragments but when the outer layer of the church building was restored in the 1980s, those were replaced by imported black and white marble stones.

Police have no suspect, and it’s not known whether one or more people are responsible for the vandalism.

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