- Associated Press - Thursday, June 30, 2016

DETROIT (AP) - Graffiti artist Shepard Fairey says he feels “relieved and vindicated” now that a malicious destruction of property case in Detroit has been dismissed.

Nine properties were illegally tagged the city in May 2015 while Fairey was in town to complete a commissioned 184-foot-tall mural on a downtown building.

Damage was estimated at $30,000. Three of the properties were city-owned.

Fairey had been scheduled to stand trial, but Wayne County Circuit Court Judge Cynthia Gray Hathaway dismissed the case on June 21. The city has said it plans to appeal.

Fairey said Thursday in an emailed statement that the case has “seemingly inspired a richer dialogue about public art in Detroit” and that he is encouraged that art and Detroit’s creative culture are playing a role in the city’s revitalization.

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