Directly above clockwise from top left: Stealing Banksy projected display, child and "no ball games" cutout, 2nd child cutout, the original as it appeared before excavated from wall.
By now it seems that everyone has heard of Banksy, a graffiti artist who works anonymously and creates images that are satirical, pointed, political and controversial. From well known images like the little girl with a red heart balloon to the lesser known ostrich surveillance camera [both shown above]; Banksy is brilliant. Through the years I am always pleasantly surprised to stumble upon one of his pieces. I feel like I've discovered something new and rare that I should document before it is gone. This sense of capturing the image of a fleeting moment is reinforced by news articles that Banksy graffiti is being cut out of walls for someone's collection or for resale. I've seen his work in Utah and Los Angeles and was curious when I heard the Sincura Group was holding a viewing and auction at the ME London Hotel in April 2014. Graffiti that was once painted on the sides of buildings was now contained within metal structures to support the weight of the "walls" while they were lit within the dark room by pink, red, blue, and green uplights. Sincura self-titled the show "Stealing Banksy" as to explain how they came by the pieces. The Banksy Bugle-a Sincura Group publication states: "Our company is often approached by building owners and asked to remove artwork illegally painted on their sites. The owners have not asked for the art to be placed on their buildings nor for the ongoing attention it receives. Further they run the very real risk of having a grade 2 listing applied to their premises which seriously affects their business operations and resale value". Sincura restores the graffiti they remove from buildings and state that the exhibit tickets and procedes go directly to charity.
In October of 2013 Banksy nominated himself to be artist-in-residence in NYC. So he titled the work: Better Out Than In and flew to the big apple to create a new piece of artwork for everyday of the month. At that time there was an ongoing blog about where to find his latest works that kept New Yorkers on their toes searching as fast as he was creating. Take a look at the Banksy Film to hear him speak about this project.
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