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Banksy – Better Out Than In – Day 17

In common with other recent Banksy works in New York it wasn’t long before this arch turned into a bridge was on the receiving end of some additional spraypaint. The guy who did it was limited in what he could do by the swift intervention of a crowd around the stencil and a representative of the building. It’s odd when a vandal attacking another vandals work gets accused of vandalism and gets attacked himself.

(photos: banksy.co.uk )

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Banksy – Better Out Than In – Day 16

It’s not the first time that Banksy has used a full sized Ronald McDonald figure on the street but the addition of a shoe shine boy cleaning his oversize shoes this time means that this piece strays into performance art territory. Starting off in the South Bronx the sculpture will visit a different McDonalds each day at lunch time for the next week. Have a listen to accompanying audio guide on banksy.co.uk to understand a little bit more about his unusual face.

 

All City McDonalds (photo: banksy.co.uk )

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Banksy – Better Out Than In – Day 14

“What we do in life echoes in eternity” – sounds deep but is apparently a line from Ridley Scott’s Gladiator film. Banksy claims in the accompanying text on banksy.co.uk today that he is often accused of using low brow quote sources and then cheekily recites a line uttered by Kelly Rowland on X Factor – “I’m just going to use that hostility to make me stronger, not weaker”. To be honest I’ve seen neither so I have no idea if either line ever existed but it’s another neat addition to the streets of New York, this time in Queens.

Banksy in Queens (Photo: banksy.co.uk)

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Banksy – Better Out Than In – Day 13

So there have been mystery artist sales before today – think Royal Academy postcards which are purchased before you know who created them – but has there ever been one quite like this?

In his latest stunt Banksy set up a stall in Central Park and stocked it with 100% authentic Banksy canvases and sat a grey haired gentleman on a chair next to them to sell these originals at $60 a pop. In many tourist areas its common place to find all sorts of Banksy prints and even copies of originals. The wise steer clear of these or avoid paying anything much over the cost of production. Today was an exception, these were genuine, but business was slow. In fact it took several hours for the first sale and even then the price was negotiated down by the purchaser to half their ‘value’. You can see what happened in the accompanying video here with just a few people making purchases.

Banksy Central Park Stall (photo: banksy.co.uk)

Of course those that parted with cash have a real bargain on their hands with Banksy originals such as these changing hands for tens of thousands of pounds. But oddly enough even $420 of sales is not a bad return for a stall holder – it just goes to show that the art stands up on its own without the hype. And as for those lucky people in the video – do they even realise yet just how much their purchases would be valued at? I hope they took care getting them home.

 

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Banksy – Better Out Than In – Day 11

With an amusing title ‘The Sirens Of The Lambs’ this van was to be seen touring New York’s Meatpacking District complete with animated and vocal fluffy toys on their way to the slaughterhouse. It creates a sight that to me is part amusing, part disturbing evoking incredulity, laughter and a little bit of terror in pedestrians who viewed the truck as witnessed in the video here. All pictures from banksy.co.uk

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