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Council won't fine man who wrote "love" thousands of times in chalk on footpaths of Belfast

Christoff Gillen had been issued a Fixed Penalty Notice for his art performance “A Thousand and One Kisses”.
Apr 24th 2015, 8:00 PM 15,167 37

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AN ARTIST WHO wrote the word “love” thousands of times on the streets of Belfast will not be fined.

Christoff Gillen had been issued a Fixed Penalty Notice on 13 March by Belfast Council for his art performance “A Thousand and One Kisses”.

The performance involved writing the word “love” in coloured chalk throughout the city centre in order to create a “rainbow of love” particularly aimed at highlighting inequality of treatment of LGBT rights and marriage equality.

Gillen had previously participated in a similar act of performance art 12 years ago when he inscribed the name of more than 3,672 victims of the Troubles around Belfast City Hall in chalk.

After correspondence being sent from his solicitors Madden & Finucane to Belfast City Council, the council agreed to waive the penalty.

Katie McAlister, of Madden & Finucane, said:

The decision now made by Belfast City Council is correct and just in the context of our client expressing his views and raising awareness of LGBT rights through the medium of performance art.

“Mr. Gillen is understandably delighted with this outcome of this case.”

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