Banksy, 9th and Broadway, taken October 23, 2013
Los Angeles’s own Banksy, downtown. When “Exit Through the Gift Shop” premiered in LA in 2010, Banksy left this behind. Knowing how quickly pieces were defaced (or even buffed by the city) in New York for his “Better Out Than In” residency in October 2013, it is nice to see “Girl on Swing” still as is. It is perfect for the car obsessed, urban sprawl of LA.
As I walk around the city each day, seeing new pieces of art materialize overnight, spotting new artists and enjoying ones I know, there is something about finally seeing a Banksy in person.
Update: On April 2, 2014 David William Noll was arrested for vandalizing the work after the building’s owner filed a complaint (and after he posted a video of himself on YouTube defacing the work). He has been ordered to stay away from all of Banksy’s work, received community service and three years probation after pleading no contest to the felony.