Current state of the Follow Your Dreams piece.
In addition to the Crayon Soldier being buffed, Banksy’s ‘This Looks A Bit Like An Elephant’ is being removed today, and M&F has the exclusive drop. Click the jump for more
It seems the life span of a Banksy piece in LA is less than two weeks.
Today is the day Banksy died in LA, as two of the remaining 4 pieces from his recent trip were painted over and crated off.
The Crayon Soldier was painted over, and now Banksy’s ‘This Looks A Bit Like An Elephant’ is being removed from its location in Santa Monica along the PCH.
According to what we’ve heard, someone who wanted the piece approached the land owner and purchased it from him.
We are kind of surprised that someone would want this piece. Sure, its a Banksy, but it is not very aesthetic. And, even more to the point, it is absolutely HUGE. You can see in the pics that the ‘Elephant’ is bigger than the crane or the semi. We are interested to hear where this ends up.
But today is kind of sad, because we thought the remaining pieces would last longer. Now there are only 2 remaining Banksy’s. The pissing Bulldog (which has a full-time security guard protecting it) and the Crayon House Foreclosure (which is covered and protected with plexiglass). So hurry over
British graffiti artist Banksy may never have been seen in public but his nearest Russian equivalents cannot seem to keep out of the news these days - thanks partly to the Russian police.
Leonid Nikolayev and Oleg Vorotnikov, members of the radical art collective Voina, were freed from custody last week after nearly four months awaiting trail for overturning police cars in St Petersburg.
They held a press conference on Thursday to talk about their ordeal. On their way home, accompanied by Oleg’s wife Natalia Sokol and his two-year-old son, Casper, they noticed they were being followed by seven men, who looked like “typical thugs”.
When Natalia started taking pictures of the men, they tried to grab the camera. In the struggle she was pushed into a puddle and dragged by the hair, so violently that one of her braids was ripped out.
“They said they were from the Criminal Investigation department,” she said when I eventually reached her by e-mail. “But if they really were police investigators they behaved pretty strangely.”
Oleg added: “They waved their IDs, but we couldn’t examine them. Then they attacked Leonid from behind and rained down blows on my back and my head.”
The baby pram was given a violent push, knocking Casper’s face hard against a wall.
St Petersburg police could not be reached for comment but a spokesman told the Russian news agency RIA Novosti that “preliminary investigations” were under way.
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The stenciled rat mural on the side of the taco shop in Oceanside is officially NOT by the street artist Banksy.
I’ve just received an email from Banksy’s public relations film, Acme PR, confirming that the mural on the side of the Bull Taco shop in Oceanside is not by Banksy.
Since the mural was discovered Friday morning, rumors spread that the graffiti was made by the internationally known street artist Banksy, who has never revealed his identity. He recently made the film “Exit Through The Gift Shop.”
The rumored Banksy mural drew daily crowds, many posing in front of the mural for pictures. The media has flocked as well. A flurry of stories were published over the weekend. On Monday, media outfits from Mexico were shooting a story in the taco-shop parking lot.
Bull Taco shop owner Greg Lukasiewicz (there are four owners) told me by phone yesterday that the mural’s presence has definitely increased sales. “We’re usually slow on Mondays and Tuesdays, but not this week.”
Some have insisted from the beginning that the Oceanside rat is not Banksy’s work. In fact, coverage online has yielded fierce debate in comment streams about the mural’s authenticity.
Nancy Willen, from Acme PR, said in her email that they’ve told all the media outlets that have inquired that it’s not by Banksy. She adds, “somehow the story that it’s a Banksy piece persists.”
His film Exit Through The Gift Shop was nominated for best documentary at the Oscars.
But while those hoping to see Banksy at last night’s ceremony would have been left disappointed, drivers in California today caught a glimpse of a man believed to be the reclusive graffiti artist.
Exactly who the man is remains a secret - but the evidence suggests that these photos taken in Santa Monica are of him.
More pictures and full story at dailymail.co.uk!
Submitted by a fine lad called moosegeese, cheers mate!