Banksy’s New York mural was vandalized one day after appearing on a Lower East Side building. The mural was part of the street artist’s goal of hosting “an entire show on the streets of New York.”
The mural was titled “The Street is in Play.” The painting featured two boys. One was standing on the other boy’s back with a can of spray paint in his hand. The boy appeared to be defacing a sign that reads “Graffiti Is A Crime.”
The mural appeared on the building on October 1. By October 2, the Allen Street mural was completely covered in white paint.
As reported by Gothamist, the vandal or vandals were probably local graffiti artists competing for attention. The building was later tagged with the message “(c) PHATLIPP Sweaty palms made me lose the love of my life”
Banksy is a street artist from Bristol, UK. He is well-known for creating artwork on buildings using cans of spray paint. His technique and talent are unique and easily recognizable.
The artwork often appears without notice, lending to his mystique.
Little is known about the artist as he has managed to maintain anonymity. As reported by BrianSewell.com, his name is rumored to be either Robert or Robin Banks. However, his identity is not confirmed.
His work has been criticized as vandalism. However, for many, his art represents the struggles faced by those living on the streets. Others have applauded his efforts to decorate areas crippled by urban decay.
In addition to murals, the notorious street artist published several books featuring his work. He has also works with several charities.
Although the latest mural was vandalized, the New York exhibition is expected to continue. Fans are encourage call 1-800-656-4271 for information about each mural.
Banksy’s identity remains a mystery. However, his talent is well-respected around the world. Fans are looking forward to seeing more of his work on the streets of New York.
[Image via TheDustyRebel Facebook]