I mentioned the other day that Banksy had taken down a Hot Tea piece in the LES, to make way for his installation on Ludlow. Apparently Hot Tea wasn’t too upset about it (or maybe even gave permission), based on this new work that I spotted on East 4th, the other night. Apologies for the crappy night time iPhone shot.
Some really good new stuff has gone up in the city in the past week. I took the opportunity yesterday to snap some of it. One of my favorites, is the Invader piece above. I also included a shot of the finished Hurricane Sandy tribute piece below, for which Swoon contributed the central figure.
And…. some additional invader pieces.
The funny part about this, is that I walked right past this spot an hour before when I was snapping the new Swoon piece down the block. Anyway, here is a view from across Houston Street, of Banksy’s Reaper installation. Since I had my cam with me, I shot this quick vid. When we first started observing, the reaper in the bumper car was driving to the soundtrack of a live accordion player. Then, smoke machines went on, and so did the track “baby don’t fear the reaper.” That is the segment in the video below.
With only a week left in the month of October, and after yesterday’s efforts were apparently thwarted by “police activity,” Banksy put up this gem today. It is definitely my favorite, to date, from the “Better Out Than In” campaign that the artist has been waging on the City of New York. Not only is it a beautiful piece, but the context is everything. It is located on one of the roll up doors at Larry Flint’s Hustler Club.
Swoon is currently working on a Hurricane Sandy themed mural, on the famous Houston and Bowery. She is one of my all time faves. Photo courtesy of Animal.