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This should start a trend...not only of tagging but over-deployment of NYPD to guard the cube. That's if whoever the friends of the Astor place are have their own line of private security.
I'm amazed it last this long I hope those working in the Death Star aren't too upset about this. Until the tags are removed they can focus their eyes on the sterile Haring sculpture.
Thank goodness. Finally, a little bit of local color.
If whoever did this wanted me to fly into a rage and desire to punch him in the face, then he succeeded.
It's not a tag, just swirls intended to cover as much surface area as possible.
There were a bunch of kids pushing it last night around 12 when I walked byThe tags weren't on it then
There are security cameras all over the plaza now, no reason the vandal can't be determined and harshly punished.
I wonder if whoever did this was sober or drunk at the time?
"Imagine" was the best cube tag.
If you must tag it at least make it look nice. Just swirls seems terrible.
Maybe someone confused it with a Con-Federate monument? Seriously calling graffiti a "tag" does not elevate it. Swirls or whatever this is still represent a person damaging a public art piece for whatever reason which cannot be justified. What has happened to Astor Place and it's corporate takeover is more shocking than something which comes out of a spray can.
Crop circles! WAKE UP PEOPLE!
Just talentless idiots who think they can get away with it. Oh, surprise. They did get away with it. Hey, Mayor Bill, what happened to community policing? Oh, sorry, what was that? Wrong community. Right, Mayor Bill. Got it. Hmmmm.
Why do others find the need to vandalize things like this? What type of satisfaction do they receive? There should be a CCTV nearby so their faces can be recognized.
I would categorize tagging a piece of art--a respected artwork which has decades of neighborhood presence--to be pure nihilistic vandalism. It's an act of disrespect to the artist. It's an act of disrespect to the concept of art. Don't like the sculpture? Make your own. Don't like a painting? Paint your own. But I find this inexcusable.
Alamo has been there since 1967. I'm disappointed at the attitude of the initial 8:26/8:35/8:52 commenters who seemed to think that it's okay to deface it because they don't like the Death Star or the Astor Place redesign. I don't know about anyone else, but I literally did a little dance of joy when Alamo reappeared in the plaza. I'd hate to think that there is no future for public art in New York. Do we really want everything to have to be indoors, behind glass?
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