Published on October 16, 2013 | by Hannah Lockley0
Students support Banksy’s art in New YorkUAL students have spoken out in support of British street-artist Banksy as he takes up residency in New York.
The artist is in the Big Apple hosting an open-air exhibition entitled Better Out Than In.
Banksy has been tagging spots around the city and posting images on his new Instagram account (banksyny), encouraging fans to hunt down the location of each piece.
But within 24 hours of their arrival on the streets of New York, his first pieces were being defaced or erased.
LCC Animation student Sher Min believes his pieces should remain intact: “He is so mysterious and that’s what I love about him. He inspires me as an art student and it is always a shame if his artwork is tampered with.”
One particular piece, named ‘Concrete Confessional’, shows a slouching priest framed by concrete; situated next to the city’s most famous art school – Cooper Union – it was later defaced.
Students there claimed the priest now represents the likeness of Peter Cooper, founder of the school, who believed in free higher education.
Design, Interaction and Moving Image student, Sophia Marks, said: “The pieces in New York are pretty cool. He is such a pioneer. I’m fascinated how he keeps his identity unknown and how he has managed to carry it through all these years.”
Speaking to Village Voices via email, Banksy said: “There is absolutely no reason for doing this show at all. I wanted to make some art without the price tag attached.
“The plan is to live here, react to things, see the sights — and paint on them.”
The public art show of pictures and videos of the art works have been posted at www.banksy.co.uk.