Gay Art Vandalized at West Hollywood Park Parking Lot

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The gay art located at at West Hollywood Park Parking Lot was vandalized last month. The large canvas art print measuring 9×9 ft, located on the ground floor of the West Hollywood parking structure showing two male solders kissing was slashed by two vandals.

The art titled “Let a Thousand Flowers Bloom; 8990,” was created by artist Mei Xian Qiu. The image is one from a series of photographs by the artist, portraying a Chinese takeover of the United States. To learn more, click here

Let a Thousand Flowers Bloom; 8990, by artist Mei Xian Qiu

The artist called the vandalism “a shocking, unexpected and violent act.”

The West Hollywood Parking Garage incident report reads as follows:

“On Sunday January 14, 2018, at approximately 1454 [sic] hours [Security Officer] Felipe Dias was monitoring activities from inside the parking office when he observed two individuals, a male and a female taking pictures of themselves next to the art painting that is displayed on the wall in the loading dock area. Given that all appeared to be normal S/O Diaz diverted his attention away from the area.

A minute or two past [sic] by when S/O Diaz once again looked over at the area and noticed a large rip on the Art Painting. A sizable portion of the painting was draped over itself. S/O Dias then looked over in the direction of the parking elevator and observed the two individuals that were seen taking pictures walking away rapidly out of the Auto Court. S/O Diaz immediately exited the parking office in an effort to confront the two individuals, however as he made his way to the curbside, the two individuals in question were nowhere to be seen.

At approximately 1501 Hours S/O Diaz contacted the West Hollywood Sheriff Department and requested for someone to come out to the parking structure and take a report. Deputy Pascual arrived on the location at approximately 1626 hours and was informed of the incident.”

The male suspect is described as having dark skin, 5’9″ in height and in his late 20s. He has a bald head, full beard, and was wearing a long sleeve shirt, white pants and white shoes.

The female suspect is described as having light skin, 5’7″ in height, in her mid 20s, with long brown hair. She was wearing a white dress and white high heels.

A review of the security tapes from the past two weeks could not locate the two suspects with their faces to the camera.

Any information leading to the two suspects should be reported to LA Crime Stoppers by dialing 800-222-TIPS (8477), texting the letters TIPLA plus your tip to CRIMES (274637), or using the website http://lacrimestoppers.org

 

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Paulo Murillo is Editor in Chief and Publisher of WEHO TIMES. He brings close to 20 years of experience in LGBT media and more than two decades as a West Hollywood resident. Murillo began his professional writing career as the author of “Love Ya, Mean It,” an irreverent and sometimes controversial West Hollywood lifestyle column for FAB! newspaper. Murillo’s work has appeared in numerous print and online publications. He was a contributor to LGBT magazine IN Los Angeles. He is known for the “Hot Topic” column in Frontiers magazine, in which he covered breaking news and local events in the City of West Hollywood. His recent work has been published in the Los Angeles Blade and his articles, essays and photographs can also be seen on the pages of THE FIGHT Magazine. He started “The Share” feature for THE FIGHT, which spotlights members of the Los Angeles recovery community who share about their sober journey. He can be reached at editor@wehotimes.com