Actor Shia LaBeouf’s four-year, anti-President Trump art exhibit is being shut down after only three weeks due to violence, the Museum of the Moving Image in New York City said Friday.
The exhibit featured a webcam mounted outside the Queens museum and was supposed to livestream community members chanting, “He will not divide us,” around-the-clock for the duration of Mr. Trump’s term.
Mr. LaBeouf kicked off the project on Inauguration Day but was arrested on the live feed just days later after he got into an altercation with another man who opposed the project.
The museum said “numerous arrests” have been made since its launch, requiring a 24-hour police patrol of the exhibit, the New York Post first reported.
“The installation created a serious and ongoing public safety hazard for the museum, its visitors, its staff, local residents and businesses,” the museum said in a statement. “The installation had become a flashpoint for violence and was disrupted from its original intent.
“We are proud to have launched this engaging and thought-provoking digital art installation which was experienced by millions of online viewers worldwide,” the statement continued. “Until public safety concerns overrode the intent of the installation, HEWILLNOTDIVIDE.US generated an important conversation allowing interaction among people from many backgrounds and with different viewpoints. However, ending our engagement with the installation is the most prudent path forward to restore public safety to the Museum, its visitors, staff, and the community.”
Mr. LaBeouf’s livestream now reads “THE MUSEUM HAS ABANDONED US” across the screen.
The 30-year-old “Fury” star was charged with misdemeanor assault and a harassment violation for his Jan. 26 altercation. He is expected to appear in court on April 7, People magazine reported.