On Saturday, while people flocked to Banksy’s new piece “Concrete Confessional” in the East Village, the artist had simultaneously put up a stand of “Spray Art” on southeast corner of Central Park, near 5th Avenue and 59th Street. The original and signed Banksy’s were generally ignored all day, with the exception of three people who bought a total of 8 pieces without knowing. The first woman negotiated a 50% discount, another just needed some wall art for his new house.
This was a one time thing, Banksy revealed on his website. The whole thing reminds us of when famed violinist Joshua Bell played incognito in the Washington D.C. Metro in 2007 or when Natalie Portman was rumored to have posed as homeless in Harvard Square for a psychology project in college (this was a rumor that circulated at the when Portman and some members of the Untapped Cities staff were at Harvard).
Previous Banksy pieces in “Better Out Than In”:
Banksy in NYC Day 11: Silence of the Lambs Slaughterhouse Truck
Banksy in NYC Day 10: Beaver with Downed No Parking Sign in East New York
Bansky in NYC Day 9: Night Vision Horses on Truck and Car in the Lower East Side
Banksy in NYC Day 8: Fake Plato Quote in Greenpoint
Banksy in NYC Day 7: Battle to Survive a Broken Heart in Brooklyn
Banksy in NYC Day 5: 3-D Mobile Waterfall on Inside of Truck Touring Daily
Banksy in NYC Day 4: OCCUPY! The Musical in Bushwick is Already Gone But Two Still Remain
Banksy in NYC Day 3: Dog Peeing on Fire Hydrant in “You Complete Me”
Yes, Banksy is in NYC for the Month: Live Feed
Banksy in NY: Graffiti is a Crime Poster