A much loved painting in the Back Alley Gallery was defaced by vandals in August last year.
A much loved painting in the Back Alley Gallery was defaced by vandals in August last year. Cathy Adams

Face of Lismore to be restored to her former glory

THE FACE of Lismore, senselessly vandalised in August last year, will regain her beauty.

Vandals destroyed the iconic artwork in Eggins Lane - which depicted a giant, omnipotent woman - with a white house paint and roller.

The artwork was painted by internationally-recognised artist Guido Van Helten more than three years ago and was used as the cover girl for Lismore promotional campaigns and brochures.

Lismore City Manager Jason Mumford confirmed yesterday that Mr Van Helten had offered to return to Lismore to restore the statement piece to her former glory.

"It's phenomenal piece. It's by far the most known and accepted piece of street art in Lismore," Mr Mumford said.

"It's such a damn shame that someone wanted to destroy it."

The Back Alley Gallery curators are yet to announce the date of Mr Helten's restoration project.

Mr Van Helten graduated with a Bachelor of Arts from Southern Cross University and has achieved international success with his career. He recently created street murals in Greenland.

Back Alley Gallery project manager Erin Lewis said vandalism was fairly common in the street art business, but this time was different.

"We've never seen anything like this in the laneway before ... it's weird," she said.



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