A man publicly vandalizes the artwork of the New Orleans community. Do you know who he is?
NEW ORLEANS – Police are looking for a man who witnesses say has vandalized a community project in Mid-City.
At around 4:30 p.m. Monday, local artist Heather Mattingly says she approached a man at the intersection of Carrollton Avenue and Canal Street. Images from Community Visions Unlimited show an unidentified man rolling white paint as cars pass in the background.
The man is said to have continued painting when Mattingly pleaded with him to stop, leading him to call the police.
CVU officials say the work was produced by Mattingly as part of a community program, the Metro New Orleans Street Gallery. Through the program, utility boxes known as “art boxes” are painted by local artists to help beautify the community and promote tourism.
Although the box is still working, the organization reports that more than 3 working days were destroyed during the incident. Officials say that in 11 years the project has never experienced vandalism like this.
If anyone knows who this man is, please contact the NOPD at 504-658-6030 or the detectives at 504-616-1046.
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