Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Grafitti in Queens No More

Robert Stolarik for The New York Times
Hans Von Rittern and Marie Flaguel, from the 5Pointz graffiti community, mourned outside the whitewashed building Tuesday.
There is street art in 5Pointz no more. A mecca for 1500 graffiti artists from around the world had their canvas whitewashed recently in Queens, New York, to make way for housing. Artists mourned, vigils were held, developers apologized. If all agreed that this graffiti was art, not vandalism, why not find a way to preserve the paintings for other 'pilgrims' to visit? Stone-by-stone, wealthy art patrons brought medieval architecture to Manhattan, why not move a local warehouse facade to a new home in one of the boroughs?

For the full story read, Night Falls, and 5Pointz, a Graffiti Mecca, is Wiped Out in Queens.

Photographs of the graffiti, before the fall, from The New York Times.

Related blogs:
City Streets Art
Graffiti: vandalism or art?

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