Looking Down On 5 Pointz With A “Drone”

August 26, 2014 | Aymann Ismail

On Monday, we flew our remote controlled flying camera — call sign ANIMAL Three (RIP ANIMAL One RIP ANIMAL Two) — over 5 Pointz to take one last look at the mammoth aerosol complex where graffiti artists have been painting legally for over 20 years, before it’s reduced to rubble. The official demolition began last week, when a backhoe tore into the back section of the building.

While hovering above the partially whitewashed structure, ANIMAL Three was spotted by a group of urban explorers who weren’t too happy with our flight pattern and started throwing rocks at both the drone and me. They missed. (Video: Aymann Ismail/ANIMALNewYork. Music: “Baby Blue Bic” by Falside)