Posts tagged: Banksy
The tricks and treats around Banksy’s extended stay in NYC continue, even in Los Angeles, the LA Times reports. I’m enjoying this whole thing, especially from a culture hacker standpoint.
He’s playing with a whole lot of stuff in the celebrity-chasing media culture we swim in these days, and others are smart enough to slipstream right behind in his wake, as with this example. Priceless.
Loved this post by Banksy about his prank-y project to sell some of his most notable images at a streetside stall in Central Park for $60 (most would sell for six figures routinely).
Even more, some woman came and bargained down the vendor to half price for two of the images. I’m guessing her retirement just got a little easier. Very amusing.
Another Banksy piece has been pried off a North London wall and sent to be auctioned off for big money.
Banksy has expressed his unhappiness at this sort of thing, but to some extent, it seems inevitable that this sort of thing would happen now that his work has become so valuable.
It’s odd, of course, that the property owners (or in this case, their designated charity) will be the beneficiaries of art that they may not have initially wanted on their wall.
And of course, we’re talking about a decision to remove art that is defined by its evanescence, by the likelihood that it is for the short term, not forever.
Street art by its nature is made with the understanding that it won’t be around forever. If cleanup crews, unhappy property owners or jealous competitors don’t wipe out a piece, the elements almost surely will over time.
What do you think? Is this a big deal, or a better outcome than most for sustaining a prominent piece of street art? At least the proceeds of this one are supposed to go to a good cause.