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A federal judge awarded 21 artists a whopping $6.7 million Monday for a developer’s decision to destroy revered works at the famed 5 Pointz art mecca in Queens.
Wolkoff's attorneys unsuccessfully argued that the artists knew for years their “canvas” would be torn down, but did nothing to preserve their creations. Two high-rise towers of rental apartments are now where 5 Pointz once stood.
The judge said he would not have assessed so much in damages if the owner had awaited his permits and demolished the art 10 months later than he did. The same judge had presided over proceedings in 2013 when he had warned that artists that he had to follow the law regarding private property and said: “The building, unfortunately, is going to have to come down.”
originally posted by: CalibratedZeus
The conflict lies with some law saying an artist is entitled to their work, regardless of it being on someone else's property. So the award went because the developer showed "no remorse" about destroying it...
originally posted by: dragonridr
How were they supposed to remove it?? That makes no sense ok if they gave them 10 months to remove it what we're they going to use to transfer it to something else?? Or would they have to have taken the wall with them? Makes no sense and I'm sure this will get overturned on appeal.