Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Artist's Easel: Legal Victory for 5Pointz Graffiti

photo © Mark Butkus 2011
5Pointz was a popular destination for graffiti artists until 2013.

The "world's largest open air aerosol museum" known as 5Pointz was a beacon for graffiti artists in New York City until 2013 when the owners of the building in Queens whitewashed all the graffiti on the building. Graffiti artists sued and on February 12, 2018 a federal judge granted 21 graffiti artists an award of $6.7 million.

The following pictures capture a moment in time at 5Pointz before the art was obliterated.


photo © Mark Butkus 2011

photo © Mark Butkus 2011


photo © Mark Butkus 2011


photo © Mark Butkus 2011


photo © Mark Butkus 2011


photo © Mark Butkus 2011


photo © Mark Butkus 2011


photo © Mark Butkus 2011



In a New York Times summary of the case, lawyer Eric Baum stated that, “With this win, the spirit of 5Pointz becomes a legacy for generations of artists to come.”