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Legal News: Artist Sues Federal Contractors Over Wall of Cheese

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Cosimo Cavallaro, an LA artist, has filed a federal lawsuit over the removal of his artistic rendering of a border wall made from hard cheese. The lawsuit alleges violation of the Visual Artists Rights Act.

Cavallaro built his cheese wall on private property he rented 10 yards from an access road to the border wall. According to his suit, the cheese structure was intended “to encourage people to think of the ‘Trump wall’ differently by considering the ephemerality of walls and the waste inherent in building any wall, whether made of cheese or steel.”

Cavallaro’s reliance on the Visual Artists Rights Act follows its successful use in a suit by graffiti artists who sued a building owner for painting over their artwork. The Act gives artists the right to attribution and integrity of visual works of recognized stature.

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