08/25/2014 11:44 am ET Updated Aug 25, 2014

5Pointz Demolition Is Happening. Here's What Tearing Down A Graffiti Mecca Looks Like

Demolition on New York City's 5Pointz, perhaps the most iconic graffiti spot in the street art community, officially began over weekend as large-scale backhoes began removing the work of the countless artists who've tagged the building since 1993.

The milestone marks the point of no return for the ill-fated graffiti landmark, which is set to transform into -- you guessed it! -- a colossal apartment complex.

Here for your Monday morning cry are images documenting the controversial tear-down:

The demolition is expected to take three to four months to complete.