The WWI 'Haunting Soldier' sculpture in St Stephen's Green has been vandalised with red paint 3 months ago

The WWI 'Haunting Soldier' sculpture in St Stephen's Green has been vandalised with red paint

Gardaí are investigating.

The World War I sculpture 'The Haunting Soldier' which has been on display on St Stephen's Green in Dublin since earlier this month has been vandalised with red paint.

The six-metre high installation represents a soldier that has returned from war, battle weary and forlorn.

Created by Slovakian artist Martin Galbavy and constructed by Chris Hannam at Dorset Forge and Fabrication, the piece of art is being displayed to coincide with the centenary commemorations to mark the ending of World War I.

The sculpture is aimed at highlighting "the fragility and suffering of those who survived World War I and returned home to an uncertain and difficult future."

The sculpture was made from pieces of scrap metal and it's due to be on display in St Stephen's Green until 26 November.

The incident occurred at around 2am and Gardaí are investigating,

No arrests have yet been made.

Images via Westley Freeman