Banksy New Orleans: Then and Now

Banksy New Orleans: Then and Now

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It’s been nearly a year since the U.K.-based street artist and provocateur known as Banksy completed over a dozen public art pieces in various locations around New Orleans, including the Faubourg Marigny, Mid-City, Tremé, and the Lower 9th Ward.

The appearance of the pieces coincided with the third anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, and many of the images commented directly or obliquely on issues like government (non-)reponse to the crisis, racial and class divisions in the city of New Orleans, and the persistent efforts of local anti-graffiti vigilante Fred Radtke, aka the “Grey Ghost.”

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Of the Banksys that do remain in their original locations, some are protected from further damage or obliteration by clear plexiglass that has been attached over their surfaces. And still others have been preserved by the same kind of benign neglect that has preserved so many artifacts from the past here.

Relevant links: * Banksy Does New Orleans
* Banksy

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