Is Shepard Fairey’s Legal Mural Illegal? (YES!)


According a very official looking work stop order and notice of violation stuck to the side of the high profile wall on Saturday, yes!

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Issued by the NYC Department of Buildings, it says the newly erected “structure” on Houston Street, built by Deitch workers and covered in wheatpaste by Shepard Fairey, was done without a permit, leaving two options: obtain the proper permits for the “small building” or tear it down. See the full official notifications below. UPDATE: The WSJ confirmed that the mural is currently in violation!