DETROIT (WWJ/AP) – Graffiti artist Shepard Fairey is scheduled to stand trial next year on charges of illegally tagging buildings while in Detroit to complete a commissioned project.
Court records say a Jan. 26 trial date was set Friday in Wayne County Circuit Court.READ MORE: Police Seek Hit-And-Run Driver That Injured Two Children In Dearborn
The 45-year-old Fairey is charged with malicious destruction of property. The charges include damage to buildings and a railroad bridge.
“I love Detroit because there is a lot of great architecture, old signage. What other people may see as decay, I see as a beautiful playground,” Fairey told WWJ in May.READ MORE: Two People Killed After Car Attempts To Outrun Amtrak Train in Detroit
Students from the Detroit Academy of Arts and Sciences also had the opportunity to interact with Fairey and color their own versions of the large mural.
“He inspired me to do my best on art,” said Jeremiah Bell, 13, who appreciated Fairey’s description of how he got his start in humble beginnings. “He didn’t grow up in expensive house. He grew up poor, just like most people.”
The work was financed by businessman Dan Gilbert’s Bedrock Real Estate Services, which owns the building.
An attorney for the city has said three of nine damaged properties are city-owned. The damage to all is estimated at about $30,000.MORE NEWS: Biden Announces Nearly $3 Billion To Address Food Shortages
Fairey’s lawyer has said prosecutors offered no proof the tagging was done by Fairey.
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