Taggers cover 27+ stories of unfinished DTLA high-rise with graffiti

By John Antczak

LOS ANGELES — Graffiti has risen to high art in downtown Los Angeles: Taggers have covered at least 27 stories of an unfinished high-rise development.

The vandalism is the latest twist in the saga of the three-tower project across the street from where the Grammy Awards will be hosted Sunday, the Crypto.com Arena — which is near the Los Angeles Convention Center and the L.A. Live dining and events complex in the city’s expanding entertainment district.

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The towers were going to house a hotel and luxury condos, but the project stalled in 2019 when the Beijing-based developer ran out of money, the Los Angeles Times reported.

City officials say the graffiti is not there to stay.

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    Over 27 floors at each of 3 buildings have been tagged at the Oceanwide Plaza Friday Los Angeles CA/USA. Feb 2, 2024. ..The $1 billion mixed-use retail and luxury apartments project with three towering unfinished structures across from Crypto.com Arena, stalled in Jan. 2019 after the Beijing-based developer lacked the funds to complete it… So far two men from L.A., were arrested and were taken to LAPDxe2x80x99s Central Area Station where they were issued citations for trespassing on private property and released. ..(Gene Blevins/Contributing Photographer)

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    Over 27 floors at each of 3 buildings have been tagged at the Oceanwide Plaza Friday Los Angeles CA/USA. Feb 2, 2024. ..The $1 billion mixed-use retail and luxury apartments project with three towering unfinished structures across from Crypto.com Arena, stalled in Jan. 2019 after the Beijing-based developer lacked the funds to complete it… So far two men from L.A., were arrested and were taken to LAPDxe2x80x99s Central Area Station where they were issued citations for trespassing on private property and released. ..(Gene Blevins/Contributing Photographer)

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    Over 27 floors at each of 3 buildings have been tagged at the Oceanwide Plaza Friday Los Angeles CA/USA. Feb 2, 2024. ..The $1 billion mixed-use retail and luxury apartments project with three towering unfinished structures across from Crypto.com Arena, stalled in Jan. 2019 after the Beijing-based developer lacked the funds to complete it… So far two men from L.A., were arrested and were taken to LAPDxe2x80x99s Central Area Station where they were issued citations for trespassing on private property and released. ..(Gene Blevins/Contributing Photographer)

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    Over 27 floors at each of 3 buildings have been tagged at the Oceanwide Plaza Friday Los Angeles CA/USA. Feb 2, 2024. ..The $1 billion mixed-use retail and luxury apartments project with three towering unfinished structures across from Crypto.com Arena, stalled in Jan. 2019 after the Beijing-based developer lacked the funds to complete it… So far two men from L.A., were arrested and were taken to LAPDxe2x80x99s Central Area Station where they were issued citations for trespassing on private property and released. ..(Gene Blevins/Contributing Photographer)

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    Over 27 floors at each of 3 buildings have been tagged at the Oceanwide Plaza Friday Los Angeles CA/USA. Feb 2, 2024. ..The $1 billion mixed-use retail and luxury apartments project with three towering unfinished structures across from Crypto.com Arena, stalled in Jan. 2019 after the Beijing-based developer lacked the funds to complete it… So far two men from L.A., were arrested and were taken to LAPDxe2x80x99s Central Area Station where they were issued citations for trespassing on private property and released. ..(Gene Blevins/Contributing Photographer)

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    Over 27 floors at each of 3 buildings have been tagged at the Oceanwide Plaza Friday Los Angeles CA/USA. Feb 2, 2024. ..The $1 billion mixed-use retail and luxury apartments project with three towering unfinished structures across from Crypto.com Arena, stalled in Jan. 2019 after the Beijing-based developer lacked the funds to complete it… So far two men from L.A., were arrested and were taken to LAPDxe2x80x99s Central Area Station where they were issued citations for trespassing on private property and released. ..(Gene Blevins/Contributing Photographer)

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    Over 27 floors at each of 3 buildings have been tagged at the Oceanwide Plaza Friday Los Angeles CA/USA. Feb 2, 2024. ..The $1 billion mixed-use retail and luxury apartments project with three towering unfinished structures across from Crypto.com Arena, stalled in Jan. 2019 after the Beijing-based developer lacked the funds to complete it… So far two men from L.A., were arrested and were taken to LAPDxe2x80x99s Central Area Station where they were issued citations for trespassing on private property and released. ..(Gene Blevins/Contributing Photographer)

  • Over 27 floors at each of 3 buildings have been...

    Over 27 floors at each of 3 buildings have been tagged at the Oceanwide Plaza Friday Los Angeles CA/USA. Feb 2, 2024. ..The $1 billion mixed-use retail and luxury apartments project with three towering unfinished structures across from Crypto.com Arena, stalled in Jan. 2019 after the Beijing-based developer lacked the funds to complete it… So far two men from L.A., were arrested and were taken to LAPDxe2x80x99s Central Area Station where they were issued citations for trespassing on private property and released. ..(Gene Blevins/Contributing Photographer)

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  • An unfinished high-rise development in the downtown entertainment district that...

    An unfinished high-rise development in the downtown entertainment district that has become the target of graffiti taggers who have struck dozens of floors is seen in Los Angeles on Friday, Feb. 2, 2024. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes)

  • An unfinished high-rise development in the downtown entertainment district that...

    An unfinished high-rise development in the downtown entertainment district that has become the target of graffiti taggers who have struck dozens of floors is seen in Los Angeles on Friday, Feb. 2, 2024. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes)

  • An unfinished high-rise development in the downtown entertainment district that...

    An unfinished high-rise development in the downtown entertainment district that has become the target of graffiti taggers who have struck dozens of floors is seen in Los Angeles on Friday, Feb. 2, 2024. The towers were going to house a hotel and luxury condos, but the project stalled in 2019 when the Beijing-based developer ran out of money, the Los Angeles Times reported. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes)

The Los Angeles Police Department’s Central Division said in a social media post that officers met with the property management and representatives of the area’s City Council district to collaborate on efforts to better secure the property.

“The measures will be implemented immediately and the graffiti will be removed,” it said.

Taggers were reported to be seen at the property repeatedly this week, according to the police department.

A police helicopter crew spotted more than a dozen people trespassing and possibly spray-painting the building at 12:43 a.m. Tuesday, the statement said. Two men, ages 35 and 25, were arrested by patrol units, issued citations and released.

On Thursday, suspects were reported spray-painting a site on the 30th floor and officers were told the suspects fled in a vehicle. Officers ultimately stopped the vehicle and cited the driver for failure to yield, police said. The passenger was questioned and released.

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