Banksy’s Bowery Mural is Already Defaced

Posted on: March 19th, 2018 at 5:05 am by

Photo: Bobby Weiss

Well, that didn’t take long. Banksy’s seventy-foot mural at the Bowery Wall is already tagged to submission. Street writers made quick work of the spartan statement piece, scribbling over the messaging with red paint.

In addition, another artist decided to reinterpret Banksy by putting Trump behind bars in this adjacent wheat-paste.

The mural of tally marks is actually a collaboration with Borf, and is aimed at shining a light on the plight of Turkish prisoner Zehra Dogan. Dogan is a Turkish painter and journalist who was among those detained in Turkey’s wave of arrests following the failed military coup in July 2016. She was sentenced last March to two years and ten months for creating a watercolor painting of a Turkish city heavily damaged by state security forces, and for alleged ties to the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK), currently waging an insurgency against the Turkish government.

Banksy’s mural last week was timed to coincide with the anniversary of Dogan’s first year in custody, according to the media advisory. “The tallies represent the number of days she has been incarcerated, and at night, above the mural itself, is an impactful projection of Dogan’s watercolor that landed her in jail,” it says.

This isn’t the first time that Banksy visited this corner of the Bowery. You’ll recall his grim reaper bumper car exhibit over four years ago at the then-recently vacated Billy’s Antiques.

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