Despite the unfortunate news that recently surfaced about the New York City Council approving demolition plans for the popular 5Pointz, which will subsequently lead to newer luxury apartments to be built in place of the infamous NYC graffiti landmark, a federal judge will grant a 10-day restraining order and/or extension to a group of 17 artists on this coming Thursday, giving them just a little bit more time (until October 28) before building-owners G&M Realty put their wrecking balls in effect in less than a week.
The group of 17 artists who are suing the building owners hope that the temporary restraining order will give them the time needed to obtain a temporary and eventually a permanent injunction against G&M Realty. The artists are suing on the grounds that demolition of the mural-covered building would damage their work and careers under the terms of the Visual Artists Rights Act of 1990.
Jeannine Chanes, the lawyer representing the artists, told the LIC Post that because all the paintings on the building’s exterior were created after the passage of the act and were made with the building owner’s permission, G&M Realty needs to have each artist sign a waiver before it can proceed with demolition. If the artists are not able to obtain their temporary injunction by October 28, there may be no other remaining legal recourse to prevent 5Pointz’s bulldozing.
Source: Huffington Post