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Highland Council work begins on removing obscene Inverness Gathering Place graffiti more than a month after it first appeared on the controversial structure beside Bught Park and Ness Islands


By Alasdair Fraser

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Graffiti at The Gathering Place 13 January 2022. Picture: James Mackenzie.
Graffiti at The Gathering Place 13 January 2022. Picture: James Mackenzie.

Highland Council appears to be finally moving to erase obscene graffiti drawn on the controversial Inverness Gathering Place ‘artwork’ installation near Ness Islands.

A crude drawing of a male body part was first spotted on the curved stone structure above the River Ness as long ago as December 9 last year.

Graffiti at The Gathering Place 13 January 2022. Picture: James Mackenzie.
Graffiti at The Gathering Place 13 January 2022. Picture: James Mackenzie.

The unsavoury nature of the vandalism, in such a prominent position near where families and walkers pass, stoked fresh anger about a perceived waste of money and blighting of a local beauty spot.

Last week a council spokeswoman told the Courier the graffiti had been left untouched over the festive period because of safety fears over high river levels.

Graffiti at The Gathering Place 13 January 2022. Picture: James Mackenzie.
Graffiti at The Gathering Place 13 January 2022. Picture: James Mackenzie.

Contractors were today seen to begin work on removing the markings on the structure, which cost more than £250,000 and was opened last October.




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