Compo for lost street art
A New York judge has awarded US$6.7 million (NZ$9m) in compensation to 21 graffiti artists after a property developer destroyed their work four years ago. Over two decades, the artists had adorned the
5Pointz complex in Queens with street art that turned the former factory building into ‘‘the world’s largest open-air aerosol museum’’. A jury found building owner Jerry Wolkoff guilty of violating an act that protects public art of ‘‘recognised stature’’ even if it is created on someone else’s property. Wolkoff bought the building in the 1970s, and graffiti artists approached him in the
1990s and asked if they could display their work on it. He agreed, but by the time he decided to demolish the site to build shops and flats, the area had become a popular tourist destination. In 2013, a group of 5Pointz artists sued to try to prevent the building being knocked down.