Banksy Rat Mural on Canal Street, Chinatown, New York City

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    Behold! The latest Banksy rat mural, right on Canal St and West Broadway. This one is particularly clever—look closely: yes, it is finished! :)

    This means I am now passing by two of these murals on my way to work, and a third one is right there in the Soho / Chinatown area as well, to be uploaded shortly.

    I was lucky enough to snap a picture of the work in progress, to be posted in comments below.

    Update 11/18/08
    I noticed today that it is gone :(

    Jacob Anikulapo, winstony, and 98 other people added this photo to their favorites.

    1. caruba 79 months ago | reply

      Work in progress, the previous day (shot with my HP Photosmart):

      Banksy Rat Work in Progress

    2. melfeasance 79 months ago | reply

      Great juxtaposition.

      Would you say this is what Banksy would like to do to those who buff his work? *snip*

    3. converseshehas [deleted] 79 months ago | reply

      are they allowed to do this?

    4. caruba 79 months ago | reply

      I know! It's so meta!

      Allowed to put up the murals? Most likely. These happen in broad daylight, with a huge painter's ledge, and it's really the opposite of stealthy. I assume they are commissioned, yes.

    5. Hryck. 79 months ago | reply

      My first thought was, "damn, why they have to cover this up???"

      One of the things I heard most recently is that if you want to put up graffiti, it's best to do it in broad daylight, with the semblance of authority on you. I remember a story of a guy that got away with tagging the subway tunnels in New York for years because he had a transit authority uniform.

    6. ascord04 79 months ago | reply

      Supercool !!
      -- (?)

    7. word placement 78 months ago | reply

      Hryckowian: That artist's name is Revs

    8. Hryck. 78 months ago | reply

      Thanks for the heads up on that.

    9. antwonWILLIS [deleted] 78 months ago | reply

      haha banksy aint no vandal. hahahahaha

    10. Alessandro Pone [deleted] 78 months ago | reply


    11. CR1ME 78 months ago | reply

      new subculture

    12. Richard Solomon Artist Rep [deleted] 59 months ago | reply

      Hi, I'm an admin for a group called Art On a Grand Scale, and we'd love to have this added to the group!

    13. healer15 38 months ago | reply

      hello, I just wanted to let you know that I hope you didn't mind me posting the Banksy photos that you took on this facebook page:

    14. caruba 38 months ago | reply

      Thanks for letting me know. It would be really nice to include a link to my flickr page in the future, though. Thanks!

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