Banksy in New York October 1 - The Street is in Play - Manhattan

If you’re a New Yorker and haven’t heard about Banksy at all in the last week, then you have been living under a magical rock. Banksy has been everywhere, and is planning to be everywhere every day for the month of October. He has somehow transformed the streets of New York into his own personal art exhibition, titled Better Out Than In, featuring a brand new street art piece or installation (or video) on his website during the day. His art exhibition name is a reference to famous impressionist Paul Cezanne, who is credited with the quote:

All pictures painted inside, in the studio, will never be as good as those done outside.

While Banksy is more widely known for his trademark black-and-white stencil art to be found on empty facades, you can expect the famous street artist to be experimenting with different mediums throughout October. In his first week alone, he has showcased a mobile garden installation and even released an interesting video on Youtube. And to top off his rebellious attitude toward authority, he even offers an audio guide that accompanies each work of art. All you have to do is dial 1 (800) 656-4271 #_ (with the blank correlating to the day’s art) to get a tongue-in-cheek audio guide that describes the painting (and even mispronouncing the artist’s own name!).

Each week, Redesign Revolution will be recapping the previous week’s showcases. First up, Days 1-7.

Day 1: Chinatown

Banksy in New York October 1 - The Street is in Play - Manhattan

“The street is in play”

Day 2: Westside

Banksy in New York October 2 - This is my New York Accent - Westside

“This is my New York Accent”

Day 3: Midtown

Banksy in New York October 3 - You Complete Me - Midtown

“You complete me…”

Day 4: Delancey, Bushwick, Williamsburg

An ongoing series of random graffiti given a Broadway makeover.

Banksy in New York October 4 - Bushwick - Occupy the Musical

“Occupy! The Musical”

Banksy in New York October 4 - Delancey - Broadway Makeover

“Playground Mob: The Musical”

Banksy in New York October 4 - Williamsburg - Dirty Water The Musical

“Dirty Underwear: The Musical”

Day 5: All Over

Banksy in New York October 5 - Chinatown - Mobile Garden Installation (1)

Banksy in New York October 5 - Chinatown - Mobile Garden Installation (2)

Delivery truck converted into a mobile garden, complete with a rainbow, waterfall (with real water flowing into a pool), bridge, and butterflies.

Day 6: Virtual

About a minute in you’ll probably start laughing.

Day 7: Brooklyn

Banksy in New York October 7 - Patched Heart Balloon - Brooklyn (1)

Banksy in New York October 7 - Patched Heart Balloon - Brooklyn (2)

You have to listen the audio guide to get the full effect of this bandaged helium balloon. (It left us laughing out loud.)

We wonder what he’ll be up to next! Follow live updates on Twitter: #banksyny.

What do you think of Banksy’s ‘Better Out Than In’ exhibit?

photos via banksyny


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