If you missed out on our first recap, there’s Banksy art to be found in New York City! In a month long exhibition, Banksey has decided to transform the great city into his canvas, unveiling different street art pieces and installations all over the five boroughs every single day. Banksy titled this exhibition Better Out Than In, a reference to the famous impressionist Paul Cezanne. The first week of Better Out Than In was a fantastic mix of his iconic black and white stencils, fantastic installations, and even an innovative introduction to Youtube. The second week brought us a lot of drama, because the city started realizing that Banksy had arrived and started reacting. One person put a tracking device on Banksy’s garden truck (which he has since removed in a cheeky manner); another found that he could make a ton of money off the art by covering it up and charging a fee for onlookers to see. Banksy is doing a fantastic job drumming up excitement for street art in New York City. With all this excitement happening, we can only imagine the shenanigans that will occur in Weeks 3 and 4. Check out what he’s unveiled in Week 2 below:
October 8: Greenpoint
This troll meme quote (typical Banksy) got covered up fast when the owner of the building Banksy decided to use as his canvas discovered who his artist was. Read more about it here.
October 9: Lower East Side
This piece could be found up on Ludlow Street in the LES – and yes, those are camera-lens goggles you see on the horses. Click here to listen to the audio guide.
October 10: East New York
All the way in East New York, Brooklyn, you can find a beaver felling a parking sign.
October 11: Meatpacking District
Aptly named Sirens of the Lambs, you can find this slaughterhouse delivery truck touring the meatpacking district and then the rest of the city.l The siren of the lambs are robotic squeaky toy sounds. Quite terrifying – this video even shows a child crying at the site of the slaughterhouse truck: Click here for the audio guide.
October 12: Manhattan
A “concrete confessional” was found in Manhattan on Friday.
October 13: Midtown Manhattan
On Saturday, Banksy set up a stall in the park selling spray art canvases for $60. The stall was a on-off and will not return. Only eight canvases were sold.
October 14: Queens
A depiction of a man washing off graffiti was found in Queens. On his site, Banksy accompanied the piece with the statement “Some people criticize me for using sources that are a bit low brow (this quote is from ‘Gladiator’) but you know what? “I’m just going to use that hostility to make me stronger, not weaker” as Kelly Rowland said on the X Factor.”
Which was your favorite piece from Week 2?
photos via BanksyNY