Graffiti Vandals Leave Mark on Abandoned LA Skyscraper Ahead of Grammy Awards Los Angeles Downtown Skyscraper Vandalized with Graffiti Days Before Grammy Awards
Downtown LA Skyscraper Becomes Canvas for Graffiti Taggers
An abandoned skyscraper complex in Los Angeles has become a canvas for graffiti taggers, with balconies on at least 25 floors marked with street artists’ designs, just days before the city hosts the annual Grammy Awards.
The three-building site, known as Oceanwide Plaza, sits across South Figueroa Street from Crypto.com arena, home to the LA Kings, Lakers, and Clippers, as well as the host of the 66th Grammy Awards on Feb. 4.
Graffiti Covers 27 Balcony Walls in Abandoned Complex
According to video captured from neighboring buildings and posted to the Citizen app, Graffiti was painted on 27 balcony walls on at least two of the buildings inside the complex.
Some of the tags spelled out phrases like “set the pace” and “amen” while others were more personal tags left by their creators, such as “SINKOE,” “XN28,” “ROSEK,” and “AMI,” according to KTLA.
Police Detain Some Taggers, Issue Citations
In one video, police officers were seen standing on a street corner outside the construction fence while a crew continued to work on their tags atop the building.
A witness, street photographer Daron Burgundy, told KTLA that he saw officers detain some of the taggers who were leaving the building, but they were only given citations.
Burgundy said he was surprised it took this long for the taggers to hit the empty complex, but noted that an invitation had been recently shared for people to put their mark on the buildings.
Law Enforcement to Increase Security, Remove Graffiti
Law enforcement officials said they are working with the property managers to better secure the area with “additional safety measures,” while also cleaning up the artwork.
The LAPD Central Division wrote in a post to X that “The measures will be implemented immediately and the Graffiti will be removed.”
Construction Stalled Since 2019
Construction on the Oceanwide Plaza complex has been stalled since Jan. 2019 when Beijing-based developer Oceanwide Holdings reported financing challenges.
The complex was set to be a big part of the nearby entertainment complex, hosting condominiums, a hotel, and retail stores.
Two Men Arrested, Issued Citations
Two men were arrested after police responded to a call of vandalism in the area around 12:30 a.m. on Jan. 30, according to the LAPD.
The vandals, identified as Victor Daniel Ramirez, 35, and Roberto Perez, 25, were issued a citation for Trespassing on private property and released.
Police also responded to another call regarding suspects spray-painting on the 30th floor of the building under construction, but the taggers fled the scene before officers arrived.
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