ArtCrime in Flagstaff
artCrime - a newspeak word embodying the idea that normally accepted artistic expression that does not also express the ideals of the Party is counterproductive to corporate needs and therefore not allowed and will be punished in a greatly exaggerated way.
These incredibly moving pieces of public art in Heritage Square, the NAU Library, and an abandoned doorstoop brought arrest and charges of criminal damage. Please consider funding public art by donating to a Bail and legal support fund for Peaks defenders. There is a place to add special instructions. Tell 'em to help defend Tommy and Grace.
The Arizona Daily Sun had this to say about the artCrime:
Original title: Two arrested for "Peaks" Mud Painting
Title after Randy Wilson got to work: Mud Mayhem Draws Charges
Two people were arrested for criminal damage Monday morning after painting the word "PEAKS" in mud on various buildings around town.
They later admitted to scrawling "Protect the Peaks" on other buildings around town and contended it was a college art project.
At around 6 a.m., an officer saw a man and a woman walking off a privately owned lot at the corner of San Francisco Street and Cottage Avenue carrying buckets.
When the officer stopped the couple, he noticed the word "PEAKS" was written on the wall in large, brown letters and an altar had been made of corn husks.
The two admitted to painting a wall of City Hall, Heritage Square and Cline Library. In addition to the business owner and the city of Flagstaff, the Hopi Tribe is also listed as a victim in the case because they own Heritage Square.
The words "Protect the Peaks" had been painted in other locations.
Thomas Greyeyes, 22, of Flagstaff, and Elizabeth Miles, 20, of Tempe, were arrested for criminal damage and booked into the Coconino County Jail.
Greyeyes contended he was an Arizona State University student and said it was part of a college "art project." There was also a small video recorder set up on a tripod nearby, where the pair had been filming it.
The pair said they didn't think they were damaging any property. An official with the Flagstaff police department said that some of the areas may require repainting.
According to a police report, when the officer asked why they would drive all the way to Flagstaff to damage someone's business, Greyeyes replied that he was a Native American and said that the land belonged to him.
A total of 28 arrests have been made since mid-June connected to actions opposing snowmaking at Arizona Snowbowl.