Banksy's on the Upper West Side With a Sledgehammer-Wielding Child

Categories: Banksy

BanksyUWS.jpg
via Banksy.co.uk
Where are his parents?
Good morning/nearly afternoon! While you (we) were sleeping off that fifth rum and coke, our good friend and creeping British menace Banksy struck again. After his vaginal foray into the wilds of Staten Island yesterday, he hit the brunch-mobbed Upper West Side with this adorable child intent on destroying a sprinkler system.

It's probably a commentary on the corrosive nature of class distinction, or a sly dig at how arts education is vanishing in this country, leaving behind hordes of angry, disaffected, budding-arsonist children with no healthy emotional outlet. Or it's just a kid about to break something. Dunno.

Word is that it's on 79th Street between Broadway and Amsterdam. Just follow the mobs of people taking photos and elbowing each other out of the way.

Update, 12:15: Guys. We know it's a reference to one of those "Test Your Strength" deals at a fair. We know. We were being funny, or trying. Thank you nonetheless for all the helpful (and very prompt!) e-mails, tweets and Facebook comments. Art criticism lives!

Here's a video of the crowd surrounding the piece behaving, you know, dreadfully:

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14 comments
Other99
Other99

i kinda think you all are over thinking this, it looks like a kid at a carnival with the hammer thing to ring the bell to me... and i'm an artist who is all for the commentary on appraciation of the arts.... just sayin "some times a cigar is just a cigar"- Sigmund Freud

Than Ball
Than Ball

Yeah, all $420 bucks he made from that Central Park art stand.... *facepalm*

MarkG
MarkG

Thanks for the daily updates.  Banksy is funny and it's great to read every day about what he's doing.  What's even more funny (and pathetic) is the way people are reacting by trying to cash in when they discover their building's been bombed by Banksy.  What more could you want from a street provocateur but a critique of value?

Ritchie Vanian
Ritchie Vanian

fuck you and suck my dick on all this Banksy Bullshit

Luis Orozco
Luis Orozco

Appears to me the Village Voice may be on Banksys payroll.

Jenn Maskell
Jenn Maskell

Wow that article is so off base it's not funny, it's not about destroying anything, it's about playing that carnival game where you ring a bell by hitting a target with a big hammer....

Guru Vashist
Guru Vashist

"It's probably a commentary on the corrosive nature of class distinction, or a sly dig at how arts education is vanishing in this country," What a load of crap! This is a kid playing hi-striker, the amusement park game. Leave it to village voice to blow it out of proportion. Reading into an artist's creation is one thing, avoiding the obvious while you do it, quite another.

leeroyburrel
leeroyburrel

@Jnana Wepa Just from you posting a comment saying "who cares" shows that you care.  There's lots of things going on in the world which I don't care about, however, the difference is I don't take the time out of my life to comment on them because I have more important things to do.  If you don't care, why read about it and why post a comment?

leeroyburrel
leeroyburrel

@Ritchie Vanian Again, as I put above, If you don't care, why read about it and why post a comment? Trying to look cool and play the big man are we? Bless.

Al_Swearengen
Al_Swearengen

@Luis Orozco Yep, it costs a lot to "print" a blog entry.  Good thing they've got those deep, deep Banksy pockets behind them.

leeroyburrel
leeroyburrel

@What About New York You can stop it yourself by simply not clicking on a page which contains Banksy material! It's not rocket science!

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