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Ovation: Security Guards For Bansky Walls.


Banksycovered_001.jpgI think most graffiti is really vandalism.  But, I must admit that I’m a fan of Banksy, a United-Kingdom-based graffiti-artist, political activist, film director and painter.  His street art is satirical and his stenciling technique is unique.  Most of his work is displayed on publicly visible surfaces like walls of buildings.  He does it on purpose, they say, because the government tends to treat all street art as vandalism regardless of the quality of the work.  He does not sell his art himself but art auctioneers have been known to sell his art on location and leave the problem of its removal in the hands of the winning bidder.

This weekend, a Brooklyn New York landlord who found herself with a Banksy on the side of her building has decided to protect it as if it is a museum piece … with hired guards, plexiglass and a rolling metal gate.

It is estimated that unexpected sample of Banksy street art could be worth as much as one million dollars at auction.

The wall on Graham Avenue in Williamsburg where the artist spray-painted two geisha girls and a bonsai tree, has been covered with bolted-on plexiglass.  The building’s manager has installed a rolling metal gate that cost more than two thousand dollars and round-the-clock security guards, at two hundred dollars per shift, have been hired to watch over the Japanese-themed mural.

“We still haven’t 100 percent decided what to do.  But we do have the instinct — and are trying to preserve it for the public so it can be viewed and enjoyed, and not destroyed in any way.” – Cara Tabachnick, whose family owns the five-story building on Graham Avenue.

Many of Banksy’s murals have been “tagged”, or modified, by other street artists.  Some people, myself included, might call these modifications graffiti or vandalism.  While it might be hypocritical to call some graffiti “street art” and other graffiti “vandalism”, beauty really is in the eye of the beholder.

This Brooklyn landlord may have won the graffiti lottery and any money spent protecting the Banksy on the side of the building might be the best investment they’ve made in a long time.

Do you enjoy “street art”?


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  1. Graffiti is great. I enjoy all forms of artistic expression. It is a bit ironic that Bansky’s work has been sealed off like this and turned into this Brooklyn landlord’s private property. Sort of defeats the idea behind graffiti.


  2. I love when old brick buildings have murals painted on them to make interesting artwork! Not necessarily graffitti but art nevertheless!


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