(H/T: David O’Keefe)
Well the artist Shota Kotake, from Japan, has taken it down.
The On The Batter blog reports:
“The figures were not stolen, as some had predicted, but taken down by the artist himself after a visit from the boys in blue.
“Shota explained: ‘We took them down as gardaí called into our house last week about it. A night before that a neighbour knocked on our door at 11pm to complain about it. Well, the cops were quite sound. They said there was more than one complaint. So it’s not really against any law or anything, but we all agreed that they have to be taken down at some stage as Travellers are a bit too sensitive a subject to bring upon the surface.’”
He also told On The Batter that he’ll be back with something ‘brighter and more fun’.
Previously: A Sign For Travellers
At this point, if Banksy farted in a bottle, it would sell for a lot [...] Hundreds raced to swarm around his NYC pieces every day all this month. But 10 years ago in May of 2003, Banksy’s first New York art exhibit was a small and humbly-attended affair in the expanded space of a Triple Five Soul retail store on Lafayette.
Name that street artist anyone?
Thanks Fiona Sherlock
Banksy marked the 13th day of his Better Out Than In residency in New York by setting up an unannounced stall in Central Park staffed by a disinterested old gent apparently selling $60 Banksy knockoffs that were actually original signed canvasses worth hundreds of thousands of dollars.
In the course of seven hours, just three people bought a total of seven canvasses with no idea they were real. One walked off with four pieces to decorate his new house, unwittingly landing the bargain of the decade..
The point having been made, the trolltastic stunt will not be repeated.
Previously: Meanwhile In New York
Incredible 3D animals rendered as if by metal shards by South Africa-based Chinese street artist DALeast, who travels the world applying them (illegally) to public spaces with one eye peeled for the local rozzers. Sez he:
Life always give one troubles but my work gives me a lot of opportunity to face these troubles. Any situation can arise when you work in the public space. I hope I am creating illusions through my paintings that can be a switch for people’s minds. I like to express life-emotions and the environment, and use different artistic forms to speak. I prefer people staring at my work without saying any words – it means they are taking it in.