Glenrothes underpass artwork ruined by vandals

The mural has been defaced
The mural has been defaced

A mural which brightens up a town underpass has been targeted by vandals.

The artwork in the underpass between the Lomond Centre in Woodside Way and Auchmuty High School has been defaced with graffiti this week.

The mural was a joint project between third year pupils at the neighbouring high school and students from Fife College, studying art and design, painting and decorating and interior design.

The whole project was based around trees to fit in with the Woodside area of the town.

A competition had been organised by the school and a panel of judges picked the winners who put forward their own designs which they then painted into the gold frames on the tunnel’s walls.

Pupils who hadn’t put forward works of art were then asked to write poetry to go alongside the paintings.

But now vandals have added their own ‘artwork’ to the walls, spraying over the poetry and writing slogans sometime between 5.00 p.m. on Sunday and 9.00 a.m. on Monday.

The results had proved extremely popular with the local community and local man David McLean said he couldn’t believe what he saw.

He told the Gazette: “I was walking through the underpass when I saw the vandalism and I was just shocked. The school had done a fantastic job.

“It looked great and to see something like this is just heartbreaking.

“It’s devastating for everyone who had obviously worked so hard.

“Why couldn’t they just leave it alone?”

Alan Pithie, headteacher of Auchmuty High School, said: “The art work in the underpass was created to enhance the local environment and to give students from Fife College and Auchmuty High School an opportunity to use their skills and talents to great affect.

“This act of vandalism is both shocking and very disappointing for the whole community.

“We are looking at ways we can restore the work and remove the graffiti so that everyone can once again fully enjoy this outstanding piece of work.”

Ross Fisher, the school campus police officer who is carrying out enquiries, said: “Pupils at Auchmuty High School have been left saddened and upset by this unnecessary act of vandalism and we are keen to catch those responsible.”

Anyone with any information is urged to contact police on 101.