Banksy’s scheduled art piece for today has been “cancelled due to police activity,” according to the street artist’s website.
According to Gothamist, this is what might have happened: on Monday, Banksy hired an actor to shine the show of a giant Ronald McDonald statue as part of one of his already unveiled moveable works. The statue was placed outside of a McDnalds on Essex and Delancey in the LES, where police gave the shine boy a ticket for “disorderly conduct,” as he was blocking the sidewalk and inciting a crowd to form. Sorry, did we say “police?” What we mean is that five cop cars with ten officers showed up to take the statue away. Which is, you know, a lot.
So Banksy’s retaliation? No art today. Which seems counterintuitive, because that appears to be exactly with the NYPD wants. Still, though — five cars, guys? Isn’t there, like, a murderer you should be bothering somewhere?
Also, on an unrelated note: Is it just us or does Banksy’s cancellation notice look familiar?
Come on, tell us we’re not the only one who sees the resemblance. It’s almost the same font!
- Well, you know what they say: great artists steal
- We have a new sculpture we would like to show those cops
- This sculpture’s pretty great, too, for Transformers reasons