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Vandals strike LaBeouf's anti-Trump art installation

Stefan Dill
February 21, 2017 12:55 PM

Vandals struck an anti-Trump art installation created by actor Shia LaBeouf and two others in downtown Albuquerque overnight Monday.

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The piece, installed in downtown Albuquerque over the weekend, features a live streaming camera and the text "He will not divide us." Visitors are encouraged to recite those words into the camera.

Overnight Monday, someone spray-painted an "X" over the camera and also spray-painted the message "Reject false idols. Do it!"

KOB spoke to one man who said he has visited the installation every day since it went up -- and he's disappointed someone would deface it.

"Oh yeah, this is horrible," the visitor said.  "This stream was the best thing that ever happened to this state, and with this graffiti, it's over."

He said he's a Trump supporter but supports the idea behind the art piece.

"Personally, I don't know, I kind of like Trump," he said. "But I'm down here to try and unify people. I want liberals to not be afraid of Republicans or vice versa and I try to moderate some of the fights down here and stuff."

The installation was created by LaBeouf, Nastja Säde Rönkkö and Luke Turner.

They originally started the display in New York City, but moved it to Albuquerque after LaBeouf was arrested during a fight with another man at the display.

There are people working to repair the display, and the damaged camera cover has already been replaced with a new one.

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Stefan Dill

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