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Defacement (vandalism)

This article is about the defacement of physical objects. For other uses, see Defacement (disambiguation).
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People defacing the walls of the Golconda Fort in Hyderabad, India

Defacement is a type of vandalism that involves damaging the appearance or surface of something. The object of damage may be architecture, books, paintings, sculpture or other forms of art.[1]

Examples of defacement include:

  • Marking or removing the part of an object (especially images, be they on the page, in illustrative art or as a sculpture) designed to hold the viewers' attention
  • Scoring a book cover with a blade
  • Splashing paint over a painting in a gallery
  • Smashing the nose of a sculpted bust
  • Altering the content of web sites and publicly editable repositories to include nonsensical or whimsical references.

Iconoclasm led to the defacement of many religious artworks.

See also


  1. ^ Library of Congress; Library of Congress. Cataloging Policy and Support Office; Library of Congress. Subject Cataloging Division; Library of Congress. Office for Subject Cataloging Policy (1996). Library of Congress subject headings. Library of Congress. p. 1430. Retrieved 17 November 2012. 

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