King of Kensington's new wardrobe removed
Published Monday, May 12, 2014 10:46AM EDT
A statue that reigns over Kensington Market has been cleaned and polished after an act of vandalism gave the King of Kensington a short stint as a Joker.
With spray bottles and white cloths, city workers removed the layers of neon spray paint that turned a sculpture of Al Waxman into a Batman rival.
The sculpture, which stands in Bellevue Square Park at the heart of the market, was elaborately spray-painted with a blue shirt, neon green jacket, white face and hands and a red smile over the weekend.
On Monday morning, two city workers used chemicals to scrub the paint out of the bronze sculpture's wrinkles.
Sculptor Ruth Abernethy created the life-sized replica of the Toronto-born actor and director after his death in 2001.
Waxman starred on "King of Kensington," a Canadian sitcom that followed a convenience store owner who was known for helping friends solve problems.
The show, which ran from September 1975 to March 1980, featured Canadian actors including Mike Myers, John Candy and Eugene Levy as guest stars.