A federal judge from Brooklyn has failed in favor of 21 graffiti who filed a lawsuit against owner of building known as 5Pointz, World Street art Mecca, after he was shot down and his work lost. The ruling obliges Jerry cavalry to pay 6.7 million dollars (about 5,440,000 euros) for destroying building in 2014 to build luxury apartments.More information
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After a trial of three weeks, Judge Frederick Block considers proved in his sentence that 45 of dozens of works carried out on walls of building were worthy of being preserved by law of rights of visual artists and condemns owner to major Inde Mnización planned. A year before demolition, owner of building had painted all white walls to erase graffiti. Several experts of contemporary art quoted during process, in which images of murals have been exhibited, have certified quality of work.
5Pointz, located in Long Island City, Queens, was considered largest outdoor urban art exhibition in world and a mecca for graffiti since nineties of last century. For years, hundreds of artists have worked on ir walls and under a prior arrangement with owners, y could live re for a small income. The building was a tourist attraction and highest part of building could be seen from elevated steps of train.5Pointz when y were covering murals. E. DUNAND AFP/Getty
The mysterious and prolific British artist Banksy asked in 2013 that building was not demolished. "The clear message is that art protected by federal law cannot be destroyed. With this victory, 5Pointz becomes a legacy for future generations, "said artists ' lawyer, Eric Baum, in statements to New York Times.