Graffiti Wins Protected Legal Status in New York
The 5Pointz building in Queens was once described as "the world's premier graffiti mecca." The building was demolished in 2014 to make way for a $400 million redevelopment. Twenty-one graffiti artists whose work once adorned the original building were awarded $6.7 million in damages under the Visual Artists Rights Act. This stunning ruling has major implications for both private property owners and street artists.