Banksy-Queens-Inflatable Throw-Up-NYC-Long Island Expressway-2Image via Banksy’s website

On the final day of his residency in NYC, Banksy tags his name in inflatable bubble letters, which he’s calling “Inflatable Throw-Up,” on a building in Queens, making his final mark on New York City. Although morning rumors in social media (along with an Untapped reader who sent us a photo on the way to his office this morning) pointed to a piece on Greenwich Street downtown, by 10:30am others were saying it was “too sloppy and primitive” to be the elusive Banksy.

The audio guide however says the most about this piece in Queens, which is admittedly not the most aesthetically striking.

The guide says, “Well, this is the last day of the show. And I’d like to say we’re going out on a high note. And, I guess in a way we are. This is a sideways take on the ubiquitous spray painted bubble lettering that actually…floats. It’s an homage of sorts to the most prevalent form of graffiti in the city that invented it for the modern era…or it’s another Banksy piece that’s full of hot air.”

The narrator continues:

“So, what had the artist hoped to have achieved with this so called residency? Shame it didn’t get any press. He told me if just one child has been inspired to pick up a can of paint and make some art, “Well that would be statistically disappointing considering how much work I put in.”

It’s been an interesting experiment but is there a cohesive message behind it? I gave the artist two minutes to think of one. Banksy asserts that outside is where art should live, amongst us. And rather than street art being a fad, maybe it’s the last thousand years of art history that are the blip, when art came inside in service of the church and institutions. But art’s rightful place is on the cave walls of our communities where it can act as a public service, provoke debate, voice concerns, forge identities. The world today is run, visually at least, by traffic signs, billboards and planning committees. Is that it? Don’t we want to live in a world made of art not just decorated by it? Thanks for coming.”

On the website he finally acknowledges 5Pointz: “And that’s it.Thanks for your patience. It’s been fun. Save 5pointz. Bye.”

Instagramer theprintuplist reports that it’s on 35th Street and Borden Avenue.

Previous Banksy pieces in “Better Out Than In”:

Banksy in NYC Day 30: Yankee Stadium/Bronx Zoo Leopard
Banksy in NYC Day 29: Painting with Nazi Officer in Housing Works on 23rd Street

Banksy in NYC Day 28: Tagging Robot on Coney Island
Banksy in NYC Day 27: “This Site Contains Blocked Messages” in Greenpoint

Banksy in NYC Day 26: “The Grumpier You Are The More Assholes You Meet.”

Banksy in NYC Day 25: Grim Reaper on Bumper Sticker

Banksy in NYC Day 24: Waiting in vain…at the door of the Hustler Club

Banksy in NYC Day 23: “Today’s art has been cancelled due to police activity”

Banksy in NYC Day 22: Urban Sphinx in “Everything Except the Kitchen Sphinx”

Banksy in NYC Day 21: Ghetto 4 Life in the South Bronx

Banksy in NYC Day 20: “Hammer Boy” on the Upper West Side
Banksy in NYC Day 18: Banksy x Os Gemeos Open Air Gallery Under the High Line in Chelsea

Banksy in NYC Day 17: Japanese Footbridge Scene in Bed Stuy
Banksy in NYC Day 16: Shoe Shine, Ronald McDonald’s with Enormous Shoes in the Bronx
Banksy in NYC Day 15: Twin Towers Tribute in Tribeca
Banksy in NYC Day 14: What We Do in Life Echoes for Eternity
Banksy in NYC Day 13: Spray Art for Sale Ignored in a Stall at Central Park
Banksy in NYC Day 12: Concrete Confessional at Cooper Union
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