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Graffiti on Graffiti Draws $13,000 Fine

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

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A California man will pay $13,000 to clean graffiti that he added to deface a graffiti mural that is considered a work of art.

David William Noll, 36, of Modesto, CA, has pleaded guilty to defacing two Banksy murals on Main Street in Park City, UT.

Banksy is a pseudonum for a British graffiti artist, filmmaker and political activist. Banksy's works are typically executed guerrilla style and appear without warning on walls in several countries.

If Noll pays the $13,000 in restoration costs before his Nov. 17 hearing, prosecutors say they won’t seek jail time, according to a CBS Las Vegas report.

The Crime

According to multiple reports, graffiti vandals are prosecuted only if the property owner complains about the defacement. Property owners believe the Banksy graffiti increased their property’s value.

Banksy Angel Boy Park City
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A vandal damaged two murals by graffiti artist Banksy. David William Noll faces $13,000 in restoration costs for the works in Park City, UT.

Banksy’s artwork has sold for as much as $1.1 million at auction.

Noll vandalized the Banksy murals that appeared in Park City in 2010.

One piece is that of an angel boy on the Cunningham Building garage steps off Main Street. Authorities say Noll smashed the work's protective glass and then spray-painted over the mural.

Noll then allegedly tried to get to another Banksy piece that depicts a videographer on the Java Cow building, badly damaging the protective glass on the piecet.

Noll told a judge that he “suffers from bipolar disorder, and he had little memory of driving to Park City and damaging the works on New Year’s Eve,” according to a CBS Las Vegas report.

Noll was caught after he posted a YouTube video about destroying the artwork, stating that he didn’t understand Banksy’s acclaim.

About Banksy

Banksy created the two pieces and several others in Park City in early 2010, while the town was hosting the Sundance Film Festival, according to the Park City Record.

Banksy was featured in a Sundance documentary, Exit Through the Gift Shop, and was apparently in Park City for the film festival.

Banksy Exit Through the Gift Shop Park City

Banksy created several pieces of art while he was in Park City in 2010 for the Sundance Film Festival.

Banksy is known for his satirical stenciled street art, often conveying a dark humor and subversive context about society as a whole.

Of the several pieces Banksy created in Park City, the videographer and the angel boy were the only two that remained on display this year.


Tagged categories: Color + Design; EMEA (Europe, Middle East and Africa); Graffiti; Laws and litigation; Murals; North America; Vandalism

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