The developer says the order to pay $6.75 million is “ridiculous.”
Sarah Cascone, February 21, 2018
Murals at 5Pointz. Photo: Pelle Sten, via Flickr.
The real estate developer behind 5Pointz, a warehouse complex and graffiti mecca in Queens, has vowed to appeal a judge’s decision earlier this month ordering him to pay $6.75 million to the 21 street artists whose work was destroyed when he whitewashed and demolished the site.
The ruling, a landmark victory for artist protections under the Visual Artists Rights Act, “makes no sense,” Gerald Wolkoff, the property’s owner, told the Queens Gazette. He is confident the appeals court will acknowledge “how ridiculous this whole thing is.”
The artists’ lawyer, Eric Baum of Eisenberg & Baum, told artnet News that there is no basis for an appeal. “Although the defendants are appealing, the court gave a well-reasoned and thorough decision in this case. It meticulously applied the facts to the law and was fair to both parties,” he said in an email.