This article was originally published by the Portland Street Art Alliance.
It’s been a depressing month for street art. Snagging national media attention, the buffing of legendary graffiti destination 5 Pointz in Queens, New York shocked artists and art critics alike. Even Portland bloggers noted the injustice that had been committed by developers Jerry Wolkoff and his son as part of their scheme to level the site and throw up yet more nauseating condos and luxury boutiques.
The white paint was barely dry when an outraged community wasted no time spraying the newly blank building. The Illuminator arrived that night to project messages of condemnation upon the desecrated walls. 5 Pointz spokesperson Marie Flageul conveyed the collective grief, “It was the largest aerosol art center in the world. You can never replace it.” After the ruling by a federal judge who opted to not save the iconic sight from the wrecking ball, tagging at 5 Pointz is now illegal – a hard fact driven home by the NYPD making numerous arrests of artists writing out their anger this week.
Courtesy: The Illuminator