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Popular artwork to be relocated after repairs

A popular public artwork in Civic, which has been vandalised six times, will be repaired and moved to a new location.

Danish artist Keld Moseholm's On the Staircase will be removed from Petrie Plaza today so it can be repaired. 

On the staircase public art in the city has been vandalised again.
On the staircase public art in the city has been vandalised again. 

The popular "little men" statue has been targeted by vandals six times, the most recently was last year when the smallest of the figures was stolen, little more than five weeks after it was restored. 

It was later handed in to police after they released CCTV footage and made a public appeal for information. 

Following the most recent vandalism, the ACT opposition accused the government of failing in its duty to protect public art.

Arts Minister Joy Burch said the person responsible had formally apologised to the artist and agreed to pay for the restoration and reinstatement of the little man as part of the repair work. 

The removal and repairs of the artwork is estimated to cost $18,000 and will be done by local Canberra company MAG Welding. 

Ms Burch said On The Staircase would be relocated to a new location after being repaired.

The statue's new home is yet to be announced.