5 Pointz, New York’s Unofficial Graffiti Museum

October 17, 2013

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O prédio de uma antiga fábrica que se tornou um verdadeiro museu da cultura do grafite de Nova York está ameaçado.

Conhecido como 5 Pointz, o espaço é ocupado por uma comunidade artística vibrante em Long Island City. Mas um plano aprovado pela prefeitura de Nova York City propõe sua demolição e a construção de de dois complexos de apartamentos no seu lugar. O projecto custará 400 milhões de dólares, mas seus moradores afirmam que o custo maior será o pedaço de história cultural que será perdida.

Ainda há esperança para a meca do grafite. Os artistas do 5 Pointz estão brigando na justiça contra sua demolição alegando direitos autorais sobre suas obras, que cobre quase todas as paredes do prédio.

O grafite foi tema do filme Wild Style de 1983, conhecido como o primeiro filme de hip-hop. O artista Lee Quinones, e ator de Wild Style, deu uma entrevista ao HuffPost Live falando sobre o lugar do grafite na cultura americana e a importância de 5

Pointz na manutenção da forma de arte. Veja o clipe abaixo com algumas lenda do grafite.

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Leia a matéria completa e assista ao vídeo do HuffPost Live aqui.

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The 200,000-square-foot factory building that has become a veritable museum of New York’s graffiti culture will soon be no more.

The space is known as 5 Pointz, and it’s home to a vibrant art community in Long Island City. But the days are numbered for the taggers of 5 Pointz as the New York City Council has unanimously approved a plan to demolish it and construct two large apartment complexes in its place. The project will cost $400 million, but the artists who love it say the real cost is the piece of cultural history that will be lost.

There may still be hope for the graffiti mecca. The artists of 5 Pointz are fighting the demolition with a lawsuit that claims copyright ownership over their work, which has been painted on nearly every inch of the building’s surface. Still, the artists’ lawyer Jeannine Chanes said there’s a real risk that everything they have created could be lost.

Graffiti took center stage in the 1983 film “Wild Style,” which was called the first hip-hop motion picture. Legendary graffiti artist Lee Quinones, who starred in “Wild Style,” stopped by the HuffPost Live studio on Oct. 15 to discuss graffiti’s place in America’s cultural consciousness and the importance of 5 Pointz in keeping the art form alive. Hear from a couple of graffiti legends in the clip below:

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