A federal judge has awarded $6.7 million to 21 graffiti artists after their works were destroyed in 2013 at the 5Pointz complex in Queens, New York, to make room for luxury condominiums.
US District Court Judge Frederic Block made the award Monday after a jury ruled in November that Jerry Wolkoff, the owner of the buildings that comprised 5Pointz, violated the artists' rights under federal law.
Eric Baum, an attorney for the artists, told CNN that the decision is "a triumph for artists all...
A federal judge on Monday awarded graffiti artists $6.7 million in damages after a developer whitewashed their artwork, which was spray painted on the walls of several blighted warehouse buildings at the 5 Pointz mural art space in Queens, New York City.
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Prior to 2013, a warehouse in Queens known as 5Pointz was a graffiti mecca packed with murals and other work by hundreds of artists, many of whom rented space inside the building. That is, until ow…