WATCH: Graffiti vandals tag floors of abandoned $1bn skyscraper in Los Angeles


Aerial footage showed phrases like “set the pace” and “amen” spray-painted on building

Aerial footage of the graffiti on dormant downtown Los Angeles skyscrapers. — X/@PplsCityCouncil

Taggers have graffitied 27 stories of a dormant downtown Los Angeles skyscraper, Oceanwide Plaza, a $1 billion mixed-use retail and luxury apartment project, KTLA5 reported.

The skyscraper’s construction stalled in January 2019 due to the Beijing-based developer’s lack of funds to complete the project.

It is unclear how those responsible for the graffiti covering much of the building’s exterior gained entry to the site, or when they began their illegal project.

However, one witness, Daron Burgundy, who is a street photographer said the taggers had been blasting the building with spray paint for the last three nights.

“I could see people up on the balcony were tagging and everything,” Burgundy told KTLA5. “Last night there was a crew on one of the floors and people were coming out and getting detained by LAPD and getting cited and released. People were still in there tagging while the cops were down here.”

A video posted on the Citizen App on January 30 showed a person working on graffiti on a building balcony.

Aerial footage showed phrases like “set the pace” and “amen” spray-painted on the buildings, along with tags like “SINKOE,” “XN28,” “ROSEK,” and “AMI.”

Burgundy said that he’s surprised it’s taken this long for taggers to hit the buildings because the construction site has been vacant for years, adding that he heard people were coming from out of state to tag the structures.

“LAPD mentioned that there might be an Instagram post floating around and apparently it was inviting people to come. It’s been wild to watch. It’s kind of interesting. It’s not so luxury around here anymore.”

The Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) has arrested two residents in connection with the illegal art installation, citing trespassing and release.

However, LAPD’s Central Division met with a representative of Council District 14, led by Kevin de León, to discuss securing the development and adding additional security measures.

“The measures will be implemented immediately and the graffiti will be removed,” LAPD said on X, formerly Twitter.



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