Compo for lost street art

Taranaki Daily News - - World -

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.

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