Stolen REVS street sculpture

REVS is a well-known graffiti artist in NYC. Lately he's been doing steel street sculpture and I've seen a few of his pieces around in my neighborhood. After this NY Times article appeared, the incidence of theft of those pieces has increased, with some of them reportedly being auctioned off on eBay. On the way home yesterday, I noticed this one had been stolen, torched right off the steel beam. Pisses me off...I liked seeing his work on the way home every night. Fuckers.

 

On the other hand, if a piece of art is placed on the street illegally and without permission, is it really stealing to remove it?

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Uploaded on June 5, 2005