New York’s iconic graffiti space 5 Pointz was painted white last week by its owner in order to avoid any chance of gaining landmark status. The building is scheduled to be demolished to make room for fancy real estate. From the 7 train it looked like someone tried to erase the building from the skyline.
Not so long ago, Mayor Koch painted subways white in the same fashion to remove artwork by artists by the likes of Dondi, Lee, Daze, Quik and many others, with the same intent to make it disappear. The artists were labeled vandals and arrested if caught. It was called the War of Graffiti. As if graffiti could magically vanish from New York with a little bit of white paint.
Ironically enough those spaces are now commonly used by advertisers to plaster their marketing campaigns, often without proper permits… Nobody is arresting those guys, or painting their posters white.
read more about 5pointz here: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/11/21/5-pointz_n_4316483.html
Color 5 Pointz in October 2012, photos by Marc Gobé
Whitewashed 5 Pointz in November 2013, photos by Gwenaëlle Gobé
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