When 5 Pointz, the iconic New York City graffiti destination, got buffed earlier this year, who knew it would set a precedent for graffiti removal worldwide.

A French ad agency that’s moving into the “5 Pointz of Paris,” a building known as the Magasins Généraux, plans to renovate the entire structure. This would, of course, put an end to the huge collection of graffiti on the building in the suburb of Pantin. However, BETC Paris, the ad men coming in to take over the space, aren’t as heartless as the 5 Pointz developers who ended the street art there with no fanfare whatsoever (and a bunch of police). BETC created a virtual record of the building that anyone can roam through. It’s called Graffiti General and certainly it’s not as good as the real thing. Especially because it only contains 40 pieces of art from the building. But we suppose it’s better than nothing at all.

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[via The Huffington Post]