NYC///STREET LIFE///BANKSY GOES LEGAL: RENTS WALLS & HIRES SIGN PAINTERS

October 3, 2008  |  art, Banksy, Graffiti, News, NYC, Street Art

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Anyone smell a rat?...

Headline grabbing British street art star BANKSY grabbed even more attention this week when two massive new murals featuring his trademark rat character were unveiled in downtown NYC. The enormous spots were not the artist's usual sneak attacks, however, as both images appeared on legally rented walls and were painted—in uncharacteristically plain sight over the course of several days—by commissioned Manhattan sign painters COLOSSAL MEDIA. Of course this has raised the eyebrows of the worldwide legion of the Banksy faithful that follow the Bristol Bad Boy's every clandestine move with baited breath. Has Sir Banks given up his usual M.O. in favor of going legit? Has he made so much money that it's safer to rent space and hire commercial painters than bomb? Is he qualified to run for Vice President of the USA? Unfortunately, none of these questions will be answered in the weeks to come. HAVE A LOOK:

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Location: Grand & Wooster Street

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Location: Broadway a block north of Canal Street

IN PROGRESS, IN PLAIN SIGHT:
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