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A New York real estate developer was ordered to pay millions to a group of graffiti artists for painting over their artwork on his own property after a federal judge deemed their work "protected public art."
From The New York Times:
Graffiti at the 5Pointz complex in Long Island City, Queens, in 2001. The property owner had the murals erased in 2013, and a judge ruled on Monday that 45 of them had enough artistic stature to merit being protected."Artist Akiko Miyakami said that when she saw her artwork mutilated under a layer of white paint, according to a court document, she felt as though she 'was raped,'" The Washington Post reports.
I distinctly remember as a youth that painting over other graffiti artists' works was considered part of the art-form, which was viewed as "always evolving" and so on.
Who thinks this is art worthy of protecting until the end of time?
This sets the precedent now that vandals can go around tagging people's property and then sue anyone who covers it up.
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