LaBeouf, Rönkkö & Turner’s anti-Trump art installation vandalized in Albuquerque

A small group of visitors at Shia LaBeouf's installation at the El Rey Theater.
A small group of visitors at Shia LaBeouf’s installation at the El Rey Theater. (Jim Thompson/Journal)
Nick Berger looks at the vandalism on Shia LaBeouf's installation at the El Rey Theater Tuesday morning. (Jim Thompson/Journal)
Nick Berger looks at the vandalism on Shia LaBeouf’s installation at the El Rey Theater Tuesday morning. (Jim Thompson/Journal)

 

It didn’t last long.

After three days on display, actor Shia LaBeouf’s “He Will Not Divide Us,” was vandalized on Monday night in Albuquerque.

The installation is on the west side of the building of the Historic El Rey Theater on Central and Seventh. The vandals spray painted, “Reject False Idols. Do It!” in pink.

A screenshot from www.hewillnotdivide.us. Vandals hit the art installation on Monday night
A screenshot from www.hewillnotdivide.us. Vandals hit the art installation on Monday night

A small group of people were there to see the installation on Tuesday morning but found it vandalized.

Nearly two weeks ago, the installation was shut down by the Museum of the Moving Image in Queens, N.Y., due to its being “a serious and ongoing safety hazard” for visitors, staff, local residents and businesses.

The project is produced by LaBeouf, Nastja Säde Rönkkö and Luke Turner and is streamed live at www.hewillnotdivide.us. The plan is to stream content continuously “for four years, or the duration of the current presidency.”

Turner said the dome cover will be replaced. By Tuesday afternoon, the cover was cleaned by local residents.

Albuquerque Police Department is looking into it.

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