Artist Mark Panzarino Arrested for Chalking the Grounds of Union Square
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Chalk? Childhood past-time. Each piece with a lifespan of pretty much a couple days, or until it rains.
It seems that despite the various chalkings of the Lower East Side as recently as last week, and also in tribute to the victims of the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory for a decade, chalk artist Mark Panzarino was arrested yesterday for the same. Sharing his art on the grounds of Union Square. We are told he’s on bail and now awaiting his day in court.
The official charges were reportedly creating graffiti and criminal mischief.
Panzarino, well-versed in what is judicially right and wrong, tells Boogie:
Criminal mischief requires damaged property.
I was told by the NYPD that had I been using “sidewalk” chalk instead of soft “pastel” chalk it would not have been illegal.
My only source of income is now gone until trial which is 2 months from now.
Yeah. Tributes to Sandy Hook and the Boston Marathon – ooh wee, that is just terrible! What was Mark thinking? (SARCASM ALERT).
Is there a quota for vandalism arrests each month?
We feel for you, Mark.
See some of Panzarino’s work below: