“The installation created a serious and ongoing public safety hazard for the Museum, its visitors, staff, local residents, and businesses," the museum's statement reads. "The installation had become a flashpoint for violence and was disrupted from its original intent." It continues:
“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. We take our commitment to the safety of our 200,000 annual visitors and 50,000 school children attending programs at the Museum seriously, along with the safety and security of our staff and community.”
LaBeouf first announced his HE WILL NOT DIVIDE US livestream outside of the museum on Inauguration Day (Jan. 20), which he planned to go on for the duration of Trump's tenure in office. Last month, the actor was arrested and charged with misdemeanor assault and harassment following an altercation with a man outside of the exhibit.
He has since responded to the installation's closing on Twitter, with a screenshot of the livestream saying "The museum has abandoned us."
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