Monday, May 2, 2011

Tagger vandalizes Little Tokyo Gold Line station

A tagger has vandalized the Little Tokyo Gold Line station across from the "Art in the Streets" exhibit at the Geffen Contemporary museum.

Workers from the Metropolitan Transportation Authority quickly painted over the graffiti, which appeared over the last several days.

Dozens of tags, including monikers and larger "bombs" turned up on several commercial buildings behind 1st Street, as well as on dumpsters and light poles within a stone's throw of the museum's entrance.

The exhibition features paintings, mixed-media sculptures and interactive installations by 50 artists, emphasizing Los Angeles' "role in the evolution of graffiti and street art, with special sections dedicated to seminal local movements, such as cholo graffiti and Dogtown skateboard culture."

Brian Kito, the president of the Little Tokyo Public Safety Assn said "We respect the rights to have an art exhibition, but we demand the security of other people's property."

Museum officials have reached out to community leaders, previewing the exhibit for them and encouraging them to contact the museum if there are any problems, he said. 

"We are welcoming people that appreciate street art, but we hope they are not inspired to show off their work on the buildings outside," Kito said.

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