Gallery Sued For Removing Detroit Plant Wall

DETROIT (AP) -- A company that claims ownership of the Packard plant in Detroit has sued a gallery over the removal of an 8-foot, 1,500-pound section of cinderblock wall featuring stenciled artwork and a message by elusive British graffiti artist Banksy.

The Detroit News reports that Bioresource Inc. says in the lawsuit Tuesday in Wayne County Circuit Court that the mural taken by 555 galleries and studio could be worth $100,000 or more. The company wants the mural returned.

Messages seeking comment were left Wednesday at the gallery.

Gallery workers and volunteers converged on the abandoned car plant in mid-May and removed the mural. It features a figure of a child holding a bucket of red paint and brush alongside the message: "I remember when all this was trees."

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