Banksy has come to New York – and New York doesn’t seem very impressed.
On Tuesday, Banksy announced a “residency on the streets of New York” called Better Out Than In, and by Wednesday, the first of two pieces that appeared had been tagged with graffiti.
The first piece was discovered in the Chinatown district of Manhattan, and shows an urchin-like boy bending over, while another stands on his back, pointing to a sign on the wall that declares graffiti to be a crime.
A phone number appeared alongside the work for what seems to be a type of audio guide. In the recorded message, elevator music plays, and a voice says:
Hello, and welcome to lower Manhattan. Before you, you will see a ‘spray art’ by the artist Bansky. Or maybe not; it’s probably been painted over by now.
This piece is typical of Banksy’s output. The children in this case represent youth, and the sign represents – well, signs.
The second piece was discovered on Wednesday, soon after it was announced on the website associated with Banksy's project, by the New York blog Animal. A text-only post on a wall on the west side of Manhattan, it reads, in elaborate script: “This is my New York accent,” followed in more nondescript lettering by “… normally I write like this.”
Two weeks ago, an image of a tagger vomiting flowers appeared on Banksy’s website, under the caption Better Out Than In. It was widely suspected that the image was painted in Los Angeles, setting off a citywide hunt. That particular drawing has yet to be found.
Along with the website, an Instagram account has been linked to the New York project. In the first 24 hours of the announcement, the accounts had acquired more than 8,000 followers.
A Twitter account is also claiming to be associated with the project, though its not advertised on Banksy’s official site.
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