A man witnesses say was using a cutting instrument to calmly attempt to slice away and remove a new community art project on the Broadway light rail construction wall ran from the scene after passersby intervened to stop him Sunday afternoon.
According to witnesses, a woman confronted the man as he continued to slice down the large installation commemorating 30 years of HIV/AIDS in Seattle. As other witnesses called police, the man eventually ran from the scene. We have not yet confirmed details of the incident with police.
Geraldine DeRuiter of The Everywhereist said she witnessed the confrontation and that the woman’s stand helped stop the man from destroying the project.
The project is the first of three sections planned for the wall. It depicts a timeline of the HIV/AIDS epidemic including both local and national events. The project was officially unveiled Thursday night in a ceremony organized by the creators of the project. More information can be found at HIV-30.org.
Here’s a note we received from Sam, another witness who saw the confrontation:
I work at a store nearby and saw a man cut the new HIV infographic on Broadway at about 1:50pm. He was stopped by a few bystanders. From what I saw, it was a girl who was confronting him as he was ripping the left and right sides off. They are now trying to tape back the ripped peices of the sign.
The construction wall — or the red wall, as it is known — is in place as a noise reduction measure for Sound Transit’s light rail station and tunnel boring site on Broadway between John and Denny. The wall — more than 20-feet tall in some sections — is host to a series of works part of Sound Transit’s STart public art program.