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'Zap artwork' tagged by graffiti does $1K worth of damage
Credit: Clark County

LAS VEGAS — Ten utility boxes painted by local artists as part of the county's "Zap 7" series have been tagged with similar graffiti, Clark County said on Thursday.

The utility boxes, 10 in total, are all along Maryland Parkway.

“This is highly unusual, as the Zap boxes don't get tagged all that often, and usually when they do it is a territorial thing,” said Michael Ogilvie, Public Art Cultural Specialist. “This does not appear to be territorial. So we don't know what this current bout of tagging is about. It's really a shame because this project has really resonated with the community and there has been an outpouring of support for it.”

Eight of the boxes have been cleaned of the graffiti without damage to the underlying artwork — but two of them, at the northwest corner of Maryland Parkway and Desert Inn, will be touched up by artist Valentin Yordanov.

It will cost the county at least $1,000 to clean-up or repair the damage done by graffiti.

The county is asking anyone with information about the incident to contact CrimeStoppers at 702-385-5555. You can remain anonymous and may be eligible for a reward if the information leads to a felony conviction, a news release said.