A TREE stump, which has featured in numerous works by world famous artist David Hockney, has been vandalised with spray paint.
The Totem Tree, at Woldgate Woods has been sprayed with red paint in an act that has been described by a leading tourism agency as needless vandalism.
Woldgate Woods have been a source of inspiration for the artist with the tree stump having appeared in a number of his paintings including ‘Winter Timber’ from 2009, and ‘Totem Tree’ in 2008.
The tree forms part of the Hockney Trail which sees fans of the artist visiting the area to witness the scenery and landscapes that have been such an inspiration for him.
The vandalism has been met with sadness by Welcome to Yorkshire, the organisation responsible for promoting tourism in the region.
Spokesperson Andrew Denton, said: “It is such a shame that the totem that David Hockney took inspiration from has been so needlessly vandalised in this way.
“We just hope this act will not deter visitors from coming to such an idyllic part of the county and discovering for themselves the beauty of the wider Yorkshire Wolds, a place that Hockney still calls home.”