Church Hill residents defend art installation after vandalism, complaint

RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) — A neighborhood landmark was vandalized Monday evening after being reported as trash. Neighbors in Church Hill spent hours cleaning up a fairy garden display originally created for a woman with cancer. The display can be seen at the corner of Grace and 28th streets.

The backlash stems from an online complaint to the city that the garden is making the block look “junky.” The anonymous poster requested that the city removed the display immediately.

Hours later, someone destroyed parts of the display, breaking figurines, fencing and a sign.

Neighbors have defended the fairy garden as part of Church Hill’s unique charm.

“That’s really ridiculous,” passerby Rebecca Fralin said of the online complaint. “It’s fun, it’s art, it’s not offensive. It reminds me of childhood. It’s beautiful.”

The corner tree where the display is built is on public property. The city’s Department of Public Works says it will look into the matter.



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