A dispute over the installation of a public art piece in Venice seems to have spread to the UCLA campus where hooligans toppled four works by the artist Robert Graham, severely damaging several of them.
The incident occurred the night before a California Coastal Commission hearing in Costa Mesa that heard objections to installation of another work by Graham, a female torso that had prompted protests in Venice. The commission acted to allow the new work to go up.
Its unclear if the vandalism on UCLA's campus is connected to the Venice case, but Graham calls the incident a "strange coincidence."
· Vandals at UCLA Topple 4 Structures [LA Times via West LA Online]