Shia LaBeouf planned to keep his New York art installation going for the next four years — coinciding with the Trump administration’s current term — but instead the project has been shut down after three weeks.
The Museum of the Moving Image, where the installation was set up, issued a statement today saying it closed the project due to safety concerns.
The anti-Trump installation, “HEWILLNOTDIVIDE.US,” had attracted pro-Trump protesters, and got LaBeouf arrested in January after a scuffle at the site, as we reported previously.
“The installation created a serious and ongoing public safety hazard for the Museum, its visitors, staff, local residents, and businesses,” the museum said in today’s statement. “The installation had become a flashpoint for violence and was disrupted from its original intent.”
The statement adds: “While the installation began constructively, it deteriorated markedly after one of the artists was arrested on the site of the installation and ultimately necessitated this action. Over the course of the installation, there have been dozens of threats of violence and numerous arrests, such that police felt compelled to be stationed outside the installation 24 hours a day, seven days a week.”