The graffiti mecca in Long Island City known as 5 Pointz has served as a cultural resource as well as a safe, legal space for graffiti artists from all over the world since 1993. Just recently, New York’s City Council unanimously approved a plan to demolish the site and build two high-rise towers in its place.
But the case took a twist last week when 16 artists filed a lawsuit alleging a violation of the unique 1990 Visual Artists Rights Act, which grants limited so-called “moral” rights to certain visual artists. This is the first lawsuit in the nation in which graffiti artists have sought legal protection for their artwork. BTR Pulse’s Lauren Hawker spoke with artists and supporters at the Brooklyn Courthouse this past week who have been granted a temporary restraining order against any demolition at 5 Pointz.
Featured song: “Magnolia” by Lushlife
Official website for 5 Pointz: http://5ptz.com
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